DAHOON HOLLY (Ilex cassine)

WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: DAHOON (Ilex cassine)

perennial, evergreen holly tree. Females produce abundant fruits to feed wildlife, especially birds. reaches a height of approximately 26 feet but also works well when shaped as a shrub. It has dark green foliage with spring blooms and pretty red berries appearing in late summer and early fall. It is a favorite among the birds and is tolerant of the occasional flooding the rainy season provides and the drought of our dry season.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/ilex-cassine

Dioecious: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/it%E2%80%99s-a-girl-why-sex-matters-in-a-wildlife-garden.html

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Ilex+cassine

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