Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker - Rush Grass Fairy

Safe across the moorland
Travelers may go,
If they need our warning   
We're the ones who know!

Let the footpath guide you
You'll be safely led;
There is bog beside you
Where you cannot tread!

Mind where you are going!
If you turn aside
Where you see us growing,
Trouble will betide.

Keep you to the path, then!
Hark to what we say!
Else, into the quagmire
You will surely stray

 Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker - Rush Grass Fairy

Rush Grass (Ruscaceae: Butcher's Broom)

An evergreen shrub that grows at a slow rate. It is in leaf all year, in flower from January to April, and the seeds ripen from August to March. The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required) and are pollinated by Insects. The plant requires well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay and nutritionally poor soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It requires dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. 

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