A green space for plant’s lovers

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Holly

Its botanical name is Ilex opaca but I can imagine people know it just as “that Christmas’s plant”. In fact, it reminds the happy and peaceful time of the year when everyone keeps its head towards the sky hoping to see a sleigh with reindeers, one of the first decorative lights on or lucky falling stars.

This season has something really magic and has the big power to create a unique atmosphere to something we are used to see.

But those who are interested on gardening, and more, can’t wait for it only for the fact that is possible to appreciate the 2 more famous hollidays plants: the Holly and the Mistletoe.

Let’s look more in detail the first one: the holly is a plant that blossoms in late Spring and has red berries until Winter. These are not edible for humans but they are a great source of nutrients for wild birds when food scarcity is coming.

This plant grows up in medium-wet and drained soil. It is a long-lived plant: it can reach 100 years (can’t imagine that)!!

The Holly is part of the botanical family of the Acquifoliaceae. It is classified as a evergreen perennial plant. But know what? The typical characteristic that distinguishes it from any else tree, it is its spines on the edge of the leaves. So, what out dear green thumbs!

Saying something about its history, it is interesting that the first American colons have found this plant in the North-Eastern land and have associated it to their (lovely) British Christmas decorations and ornaments….That’s why still now people connect this particular plant with Christmas time and it is part of some National cultures. Therefore, Massachusetts and Delaware as an example, protect it from damages and burglaries.

How to use the products of this beautiful tree??

For a “gastronomic” use, make a tea with the leaves or use it while roasting meat!

This time get a branch of Holly to put in your Christmas crown or in your festivity table decoration….

The invited will appreciated a lot!

News: How to recognize male and female Holly trees? Simple: the berries grow only on the female one!