Common name: Butcher's broom
Native to: North Africa, Europe and Asia
A low evergreen Eurasian shrub, with flat shoots, known as cladodes that give the appearance of stiff, spine-tipped leaves. It was originally harvested to make small brooms for clearing off and cleaning butchering blocks, hence its name.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Partial to full shade
Flowers: Insignificant flowers
Foliage: Evergreen, "leaves are flattened stems" with sharp points
Growth habit: Low-growing, mounding plant
Hardiness: Hardy and fairly drought-resistant
Height: Up to 80 cm
Spread: Up to 70 cm
Soil requirements: Prefers well-drained soils.
Uses: Ground cover or low hedging, similar to box.