Native Plant Spotlight:
Every now and then I will be positing information on a featured plant native to our area. Why plant natives? Natives provide a great habitat for wildlife and pollinators. That are generally more hardy and less susceptible to drought and pest than non-native plants. That means less need for water, fertilizer and pesticides. If you would like more information on Native Plants visit some of the links below or contact me for information about adding them to your landscape.
Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata)
Winterberry Holly is a shrub native to Albemarle and Charlottesville that provide dramatic winter color. Unlike many other hollies, Winterberry are deciduous and loose their leaves in the Fall. What is left on the woody stems for Winter are clusters of small pea-sized red berries that can give your landscape a splash of color at an otherwise drab time of year. The berries are not suitable for human consumption but they are a great source of food for birds. They are deer resistant and their small Spring flowers attract butterflies and provide nectar for bees. Winterberry are great for garden borders and adapt well to most light and moisture conditions.
For more information on Winterberry Holly visit the following sites: