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Plantidote of the Day 2010-12-26

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English holly

Ilex aquifolium

English holly

This broad-leaf evergreen ( zones 6 - 8 ) has naturalized in Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii. It's grown commercially in the state of Washington, which is pretty ironic, considering it's "a weed of concern" in Western Washington. The berries are poisonous to humans, not to birds, which is why it's so widespread.
To get berries you need both male and female plants. This "weed" was photographed in my neighbor's yard (who happens to be a landscaper!)

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Submitted by jerztomato on

I think they're more concerned about public land where nobody weeds them out and they displace the native plants. I have planted things on the "do not plant" list. (butterfly bush and yellow flag) but I always remove the seedpods so they don't spread, so I don't feel guilty about it.