Ilex x meserveae 'Monnieves' Plant Patent #21,941Item #2109 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
This robust sport of Little Rascal® Holly shares the same dense, rounded form, but has a more upright habit. The shiny dark green foliage takes on attractive purple-burgundy hue in the fall and winter. A wonderful foundation shrub with improved disease resistance. This male holly pollinizer will not produce berries. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:I-leks MESS-erv-ayPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:CompactGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slowly reaches 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.Special features:Compact Form, Easy Care, Fall Color, Improved Disease Resistance, Pollenizer, Year-round InterestFoliage color:Dark 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 InformationThrives in organically rich, slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soils, but highly adaptable. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually to shape.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - 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 Ilex contains over 300 species from around the world and on every continent. A sport of Monrovia's Little Rascal® Holly, Scallywag was discovered by a Monrovia craftsman, introduced in 2011 and awarded "Best Shrub" at the 2011 Farwest New Varieties Showcase.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.