Little Rascal® Holly
Little Rascal® Holly
Ilex x 'Mondo' (Male) P.P.# 9,999Item #4535 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
Extremely cold hardy evergreen shrub requiring practically no maintenance! Dense, compact form has a rounded shape fitting nicely in today's landscapes. Deep purple winter color. Use as a pollenizer.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:I-leks HIB-ridPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:Compact, RoundGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhitePatent 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.Companion PlantsLily of the Valley (Pieris); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Magnolia (Magnolia)
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.