Forms a ground-covering thicket by means of underground rhizomes, which is particularly effective in dry shade. Short, modified stems called 'cladodes' look like leaves along arching stems. Small white blossoms are held in the middle of these cladodes. One the species, male and female blooms are found on separate plants. 'Wheeler's Variety' is self-fertile and produces an amazing crop of bright red berries, a little less than a half inch in diameter.
Consider these as drought-loving ground covers under oaks, which resent summer water. Ruscus will also do well in irrigated garden conditions, however!
Mature size: 48 inches tall in 10 years
Minimum temperature: 0° F