Little Rascal® Holly (Male)
Ilex x meserveae 'Mondo'
|Description||This extremely cold hardy, beautiful little evergreen shrub provides outstanding low growing bright green foliage with excellent, dense branching and deep purple winter color. A great choice for a low-maintenance garden. The dense, compact form has a rounded shape fitting nicely in today's landscapes. Useful as a pollenizer for female blue hollies.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Blooms||Inconspicuous spring flowers.|
|Mature Size||Slow growing; reaches only 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.|
|Landscape Use||Barrier, Border, Hedge, Small Spaces|
|Design Ideas||This 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 Plants||Lily of the Valley (Pieris); Magnolia (Magnolia); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia)|
|Care||Thrives in organically rich, slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soils, but highly adaptable. Water deeply, regularly in first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. Pruning is generally unnecessary but may be done in late winter to shape.|
|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.|
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