Plants


Holly

Holly

Latin name: Ilex spp.

Flowering time: May, June

Uses: Good nectar and pollen (male plants)

Source: NBKT/BBKA/Hooper/Howes

Holly flower

Holly flower

Hollies have male and female flowers on separate plants.  To ensure berries therefore you will need a male and female plant. Some hollies will set fruit in the absence of a male but the resulting berries will have sterile seeds.  The native UK holly is Ilex aquifolium.
Although hollies are usually pollinated by bees, their flowers lack nectary disks; sometimes the petals themselves produce nectar through swellings on their upper surface.(Enclyclopaedia Britannica)
Holly - Ilex aquifolium

Holly – Ilex aquifolium

Holly flower

Holly flower