Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

December, 2000
Regional Report

Web Finds

Endangered Plants List
Wondering which plants in your area may be on the Endangered Plant list? Check out the Web site at for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's official list.

Favorite or New Plant

Absolutely spectacular in the winter sun, winterberry (Ilex verticillata) deciduous hollies can be staples for color in the winter landscape. These hardy shrubs (USDA Zone 4) are subtle in the summer landscape, with glossy green leaves and a tidy appearance. Their berries ripen in September, and once the leaves fall, are like shining jewels scattered among the branches.

Winterberries (Ilex verticillata) thrive in moist soil, and will even withstand a couple of inches of water. They grow in light and heavy soils, although they perform best in rich, somewhat acid soil. They tolerate a wide range of conditions including drought, heat, and full or partial sun. They're particularly at home in a naturalistic planting along a pond or stream bank, and are wonderful bird-drawing plants. All hollies are dioecious (male and female flowers on separate plants), so you must have a male and a female plant to produce berries.


Today's site banner is by EscondidoCal and is called "Water Hibiscus"