Medicinal Shrubs and Woody Vines: Ilex, Holly


  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,502 admin

    Very interesting topic. I wan't aware that the leaves could be used as a febrifuge.

    We don't have any native species here in BC but English Holly (Ilex aquifolium) was widely planted and has now become listed as an invasive species in the southern coastal region of BC and parts of Vancouver Island. I see there is another cultivar, Golden Holly, that also may become an issue as there are specimens cropping up in areas other than gardens.

    It won't grow here for me. Too far north and too dry. Although, a few years ago, a local garden centre had a hardy holly for sale. I bought two of them and they were the first things that the deer ate that year. I hadn't expected that with the hard, prickly leaves but apparently the deer thought they were a delicacy. So they didn't survive.

  • judsoncarroll4
    judsoncarroll4 Posts: 5,353 admin

    NC is known for pines, hollies, dogwoods, azaleas and rhododendron, so it is a very common one for me which is great because it is such a good carving wood.