A Hardy Holly

When I stumble into a mature Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata; female plant) on a gray winter day, the reason for its popularity is obvious, even at a distance. The tightly grouped clusters of persistent red berries (drupes) brighten an otherwise dull, monochromatic landscape. The fruit of this native shrub, valued by Native Americans for medicinal purposes and eaten by many species of birds, also appears in cultivated landscapes throughout Eastern North America.

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Winterberry Holly in a snowstorm 1/12/15

Photo by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

 

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2 thoughts on “A Hardy Holly

  1. You are correct. The Winterberry Holly does brighten the landscape—Love the snow falling in the background, also…

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