Ilex Verticillata is a variety of holly and is native to America. Ilex Verticillata has a whole raft of common names that include: American Winterberry, Black Adder Winterberry, Brook Adder, Coralberry, Fever Bush, Inkberry, Possumhaw, Swamp Holly and Winterberry Holly.
Ilex leaves are deep, glossy green. Ilex berries grow in clusters along the branched stems are no more than 6-7mm in diameter. Ilex berries are an important food source for birds.
Ilex Verticillata is available as a cut flower on the UK wholesale flower markets and is sold in wraps of 20 or 50 stems. Stem lengths vary from 50 – 80cm tall. Another variety of ilex commonly used in floristry as a foliage is called Ilex Blue Prince. Ilex is traditionally used at Christmas time in table arrangements and decorations. Why not try using ilex in winter wedding flower projects - it looks great!
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To get the best from your wholesale cut ilex please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water and add flower food.
- Place the ilex in the buckets.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the ilex in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.