Little Rascal® Holly
Little Rascal® Holly
Ilex x 'Mondo' (Male)Item #4535 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
This extremely cold hardy, beautiful little evergreen holly provides outstanding low growing bright green foliage to gardens with practically no maintenance! The 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 grower, reaching only 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteDesign 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); Magnolia (Magnolia); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia)
- CareCare InformationThrives in enriched, well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune 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. A male variety, it does not produce berries, but serves a pollinizer for female I. x meservae hybridsLore: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.