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Related to ilex spp: Ilex opaca
The famous Christmas plant (Ilex aquifolium) is a tree that grows up to 100 feet high (30m) Stays green year round. Pointy spiny leaves with red or orange berries, greenish white berries. Although some consider the berries poisonous (could cause vomiting), others have chewed them as a laxative, for indigestion and colic. Leaf tea has been used for flu, pneumonia, colds or externally for skin problems. Proceed cautiously.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz