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Plant Name:

Common Winterberry

Scientific Name:

Ilex verticillata


Common Winterberry is a deciduous shrub with bright red berries that persist into winter.


Wetlands, swamps, moist areas


Common Winterberry provides food and habitat for a variety of wildlife species, including birds who feed on the berries. The plant is an important food source during the winter months when other food is scarce.

Growing Conditions:

Common Winterberry prefers moist, acidic soils.


Common Winterberry is commonly used in landscaping and is appreciated for its ornamental value, particularly during the winter when the berries provide a splash of color. The berries are also used in floral arrangements.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):


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Fun Facts:

Common Winterberry is also known as "Black Alder" or "Michigan Holly".

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