Azusa, CA, (January 30, 2018) Monrovia, the nation’s top premium consumer plant brand, was a big winner at the 36th International Plant Show IPM Essen, taking home the prize for IPM Novelty 2018 in the category shrubs, for its breakthrough woody shrub, Scallywag Holly (also known by the tradename Little Piratein Europe). The IPM, located in Essen, Germany, is the world’s leading trade fair for horticulture, held annually.

“ScallywagHolly is an important plant in the landscape trade and with home gardeners for its improved disease resistance, low-maintenance needs, and because it grows more upright, dense and compact than other Ilex cultivars. This makes it a problem solver in small gardens needing a solid, evergreen structural shrub. And, it looks great year-round with shiny dark-green foliage that takes on a purple-burgundy hue in the fall and winter.”

“Scallywag perfectly represents Monrovia’s commitment to working with breeders around the world to develop plants that work in today’s smaller, more sustainable gardens,” said Jonathan Pedersen, Vice President of Business Development for Monrovia.

About Scallywag Holly

“Scallywag™, (Ilex x meserveae 'Monnieves' PP #21,941) is a sport of Monrovia's famed Little Rascal® Holly and was discovered by a Monrovia craftsman at our nursery in Dayton, OR. A meserveae x Ilex hybrid, it reaches four feet tall and three feet wide. Thrives in USDA zones 5 – 9 and is available nationwide. For more information:



About Monrovia
Since 1926, Monrovia has been the nation’s leading premium consumer plant brand, led by a passion for growing the healthiest plants to enhance the beauty of American landscapes. With more than 300 plant patents and 3,000 + varieties to date in its catalog, Monrovia works with breeders around the globe to introduce more groundbreaking varieties each year. Monrovia’s premium plants can be purchased online (, and at leading garden centers, re-wholesalers, and Lowe's® home improvement centers nationwide.  For more information, please visit