Little Rascal® Holly (Male)
Little Rascal® Holly (Male)
Ilex x meserveae 'Mondo'Item #4535 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
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.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Slow growing; reaches only 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:I-leks MESS-erv-ayPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:Compact, RoundedGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing; reaches only 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Inconspicuous spring flowers; prized for foliage and as a pollenizer.Flower 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 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.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- 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 a mutation from a controlled planting of Ilex x meservae 'Blue Boy', introduced by Monrovia in 1996. This male variety 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.