20 “Black Drink Holly” Seeds (Ilex nigrumpotum) aka “Yaupon” – Florida Native – Free Shipping


20 or more seeds of the Florida-native, Black Drink Holly (Ilex nigrumpotum), formerly known as “Yaupon”. Free shipping. Origin: Polk Co. FL Zone 9b.

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Johnny Butterflyseed’s Exclusive: Florida-Native Black Drink Holly Seeds

Dive into the rich heritage and vibrant ecology of Florida with Johnny Butterflyseed’s ethically-gathered, Florida-native Black Drink Holly Seeds (Ilex nigrumpotem). Renowned not just for its beauty but for its historical significance, the Black Drink Holly, formerly known as “Yaupon,” stands as a testament to the profound relationship between nature and culture.

Cultural Heritage

Black Drink Holly holds a place of distinction in the annals of Native American history. This remarkable plant is one of only two North American species containing caffeine, a trait that led to its use in the ceremonial “Black Drink.” This potent brew played a central role in purification rituals, showcasing the plant’s unique blend of botanical and cultural significance.

Botanical Description

Black Drink Holly, an evergreen shrub or modest tree, paints the landscape with its elegance, reaching heights of 5–9 meters. Its smooth, light gray bark and slender, hairy shoots frame a foliage of glossy dark green leaves, ovate to elliptical in shape, with a charmingly rounded apex and crenate margin. In spring, the air is sweetened by its delicate white flowers, giving way to shiny, red drupes in the fall—a feast for the eyes and a banquet for local birdlife.

Ecological Impact

Adaptable yet distinct, the Black Drink Holly flourishes in a variety of settings, from coastal sands to the dense underbrush of pine forests, making it an invaluable component of Florida’s diverse ecosystems. Its berries not only offer sustenance to an array of bird species but also add a burst of color to the landscape, from the lush greens of summer to the rich reds of autumn.

Cultivation Notes

Dioecious Nature: With separate male and female plants, a mix of both is essential for berry production. Planting several seeds increases the likelihood of a diverse, berry-producing grove.

Growing Conditions: Thriving in USDA Zones 7-9, Black Drink Holly prefers well-drained soils and can tolerate both full sun and partial shade, making it a versatile addition to any garden.

Wildlife Attraction: Beyond its visual appeal, it serves as a habitat cornerstone, attracting pollinators and providing for wildlife.

From Our Garden to Yours

At Johnny Butterflyseed, we are committed to conservation and the ethical stewardship of our planet’s flora. Our Black Drink Holly seeds are collected following the strictest sustainability protocols, ensuring that you receive the highest quality product while contributing to the preservation of Florida’s native beauty.

Embrace the opportunity to cultivate a piece of American history and contribute to the ecological richness of your garden with Johnny Butterflyseed’s Black Drink Holly seeds. Whether for its captivating history, its ecological benefits, or its sheer beauty, this plant is sure to enrich your garden and your understanding of America’s natural and cultural heritage.

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