WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: DAHOON (Holly) Ilex cassine
Beautiful, versatile, dioecious tree. Be sure to have a nearby male in order for the female to produce the stunning red berries. Makes a great specimen.
Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Ilex+cassine
Attracts Pollinators. multiple bird species feast on the berries throughout winter and into spring.
Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3866