• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly reaches 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Low Maintenance Hedge Plant
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:I-leks MESS-erv-ay
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth habit:Compact
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly reaches 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Flower color:White
    Patent 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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in organically rich, slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soils, but highly adaptable. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually to shape.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    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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