Sunday, November 29, 2015



1 comment :

Tim MacSweeney said...

I drove by a farm in Stockbridge that had rows of these planted, sort of like you'd see grapes planted for a vineyard. It's called Ilex decidua (meadow holly, also called "possumhaw", "deciduous holly" or "swamp holly") and is almost exclusively used commercially as a winter ornamental plant, the branches used for Christmas decorations. I'm not sure if it has medicinal properties - a relative Ilex vertillica is sometimes called "fever bush" (and some of the same common names as the decidua) for it's fever reducing properties.