Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Slow growing 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Easy Care Plant
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Spring
Landscape Uses:
Landscape Uses
Botanical Pronunciation:I-leks HIB-rid
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Growth habit:Compact, Round
Growth rate:Slow
Average landscape size:Slow growing 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Special features:Deer Resistant, Easy Care
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Spring
Flower color:White
Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Design IdeasThis beautiful little holly provides outstanding low growing bright green foliage to gardens. Size makes it a problem solver for small gardens needing a solid evergreen structural shrub. Excellent for neatening up the front of shrub borders and foundation planting. Use in irregular groups for naturalistic planting schemes or line up as an informal edging. Ideal for pots and troughs and raised planters.
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: winter.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
The meservae hybrids were recently developed in New York during the 1960s. Breeders sought to increase cold hardiness and improve visual appeal by crossing various holly species, with emphasis on those from norther Japan. The most well known parent is English holly, Ilex aquifolium, native from Europe to Asia. The Asian species includes Japanese Ilex integra and I. crenata. Genus Ilexcontains over 300 species from around the world and on every continent. Little Rascal was developed and introduced by Monrovia in 1996.
Lore:
Holly was named Ilex after a prickly leaf European oak, Quercus ilex. Holly and oaks were both sacred plants to the ancient Celts who honored holly for retaining its foliage through winter. It was believed that the spirits of vegetation were strongest in evergreen plants and therefore brought into homes for winter blessings from nature.