Saturday, February 2, 2008

What Is It?

This plant is growing in a wooded area in my yard. It looks like holly but there is a holly growing nearby and it's not quite the same. Does anyone have a clue?

30 comments:

Andrea said...

Maybe it is a cousin to the holly. Since it is close to the holly you hve maybe it is a mixed breed. A holly and something else? Okay, I am sounding crazy. I think it is bedtime for me.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

deborah wilson said...

Dot,

I'm not sure, it looks almost the same. I'm interested to know.

Annie said...

Those leaves sure look like holly.

AVCR8TEUR said...

I'm clueless when it comes to plants. Maybe it needs some time to turn into holly.

Sharon said...

Don't have a clue, looks interesting though :)

oldmanlincoln said...

I thought holly came two ways. Male and female. You can't have berries on one unless you have the other. Maybe this is the other.

patsy said...

i don't have a clue. it is nice to see green on a cold winter day.

Sister--Three said...

I don't know the name...but I have two by my carport and they will have some pretty yellow blooms soon. Also quite sticky to the touch ...see those thorns.

Jeevan said...

It looks like some seedy plant, no idea dot :)

Nessa said...

Gorgeous.

Susan said...

I have no idea but it is beautiful ~Do the berries ever change colors?

PEA said...

My first thought when I saw it was Holly but then read what you said...if you find out, let us know. It's in times like these I wish I was a plant expert!! lol xox

Jean said...

Mahonia, commonly sold here as 'Oregon Grape Holly' but it isn't a holly.

Mahonia

Dick said...

I can't help you out, I think we don't have those. It is Saturday indeed but if you have questions go for it and I'll try to give an answer but I'm not sure if you can do something with that.

Lilli & Nevada said...

It is very pretty, Maybe you can check it out here and see if it resembles it.

http://www.flowersociety.org/Holly_plant_study.htm

Carole said...

Looks like Jean answered your question. I was going to say there are several different kinds of holly. We have two on our property: one is a tree and the other a bush. Both just dropped their berries, and the birds are loving it.

RuneE said...

I can't say I have seen anything like it over her - but at least I can say that I liked the picture!

Paulie said...

Very pretty sight for wintertime!

happyone said...

I don't know what it is either but it sure does look like holly.

imac said...

Cop - no one knows, But I .....know not either haha.

I do know that its a great shot tho.


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smilnsigh said...

Wow, does look like holly. Whatever it is, it makes a beautiful photo op.

Mari-Nanci

granmal said...

I haven't a clue as to what it is, but your picture of it is very nice.

oldmanlincoln said...

I am glad I came back. Now I know what it is thanks to jean.

Mahonia.

Never heard of it before and don't think I ever saw it before. I am not sure it is even sold around here. Maybe we get too cold in the winter.

DarylE said...

Late to the party .. weekends are always a blur .. and that plant is truly interesting ... Mahonia, eh? How did Oregon Grape Holly end up in GA? Do you think its traveled cross country via spores/wind or did someone sometime have a houseplant that escaped!?

KOSTAS said...

Family: Berberidaceae.
Specie: Mahonia aquifolium.
Origin: Western n America, from California to British Columbia Mahonias are a group of shrubs from the barberry family, with holly-like leaflets. They have small yellow flowers, that they smell very beautifully.
They visit the bees for pollen and nectar from December up to February, that is also their duration of blossoming. In Greece we have as decorative plants such bushes in certain courtyards.
Are multiplied with seeds but also grafts.
Most likely is that it sprouted in your courtyard, from seed that ate some bird, or if recently you carried earth to be in!

Ida said...

You found yhe the answer with good help from Kostas. :)
Looks like Holly. I`ve never seen it before....
Nice shot Dot. :)

Ida said...

Ok. Jean was first... ;)

hpy said...

I would have said mahonia, but when I looked at the comments it has alreday been proposed

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Glad you got the answer. I love these since they are one of the first shrubs to bloom in our area.

janie said...

The mahonia is a wonderful specimen plant for your gardens. It has a particularly excellent quality, in that it requires shade, and will bloom in shade. We are always on the lookout for plants that do well and bloom in shade.

We grow it here in Texas, but I have paid dearly for it. It is quite expensive, and I have never seen it growing in the wild.

bummer. LOL

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