| Butcher’s Broom |
| Ruscus aculeatus|
| Uses: Medicinal/Culinary
|| Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 7-9) |
| When to Sow: Spring/C
|| Ease of Germination: Difficult |
An obscure low growing evergreen shrub from Britain that is attracting a lot of interest because it has powerful healing effects on the veins. The roots are used to treat varicose veins, edema, hemorrhoids and to prevent post-operative blood clots, thrombosis and phlebitis. It is known to strengthen capillaries, tighten veins, and to naturally thin the blood to reduce clotting. Slow growing; prefers dry, shady areas and tolerates most soils. Germination is slow - can take up to 12 months.