Winter flowers to warm to. Part 2

This week, the Winter Flower is the Ilex.

ilex-aquifolium

 

You will often see Ilex, commonly called Holly, growing around the countryside. But that’s not quite what I was looking for this week.

 

 

 

Although they are the same genus, what I mean is the tall stems of Ilex berries you can get by the stem from your local florist.

These most commonly come in red, but you can also find them in a yellowish/peach colour.

 

These make great additions to bouquets to give them a real Christmas feel. Not only that but just a bunch of 5-10 stems in a vase at home make such a simple yet effective decoration.

ilexred

The great thing about getting them by the stem like this is that they have no prickly leaves!

Downsides? I’m afraid there is.

When the stem gets a little bit old or if it gets too warm, the berries will drop.

This is not a good idea if you have pets or small children. Ingesting these berries can cause stomach upsets so it’s strongly advised to keep them out of reach of little hands and paws.

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