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Plant of the month Sarcococca . (sweet box or Christmas box) is a genus of 16-20 species of flowering plants in the box family Buxaceae, native to eastern and southeastern Asia and the Himalayas.

They are slow-growing, monoecious, evergreen shrubs 1–2 m (3–7 ft) tall. The leaves are borne alternately, 3–12 cm long and 1–4 cm broad. They bear fragrant flowers, often in winter. The fruit is a red or black drupe containing 1-3 seeds. Some species are cultivated as ground cover or low hedging in moist, shady areas

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