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Ilex cornuta 'Rotunda'

Horned Holly

Plant Type:


Ilex cornuta 'Rotunda' – This is a wonderful female form of dwarf Horned Holly, slow growing with glossy prickly green foliage looking every bit like barbed leaves from the Fantastic Angry Green Planet. (I'm not sure where said planet may be but I'd like to visit. Where's the nearest wormhole?) White flowers in spring give way to glossy red berries fall and winter. Site it in full to part sun planted in fertile draining soils. Though tolerant of a range of soils it's probably happiest in one on the acid side of the Ph spectrum. Spring planting is strongly advised. Cutting grown.


2-4 ft


3-4 ft


Item Description Price  
ILEXCROT Ilex cornuta 'Rotunda' (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $28.00 Sold Out

Characteristics and Attributes for Ilex cornuta 'Rotunda'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Songbirds


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Rock Garden
  • Border
  • Hedge
  • Evergreen
  • Specimen
  • Foundation

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Fertile
  • Acid


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Ilex

Common Name: Holly

Hollies from midgets to monsters are wonderful shrubs! Some are evergreen, others deciduous with females revealing copious crops of bright fruit from autumn into winter in various colors which are cultivar dependent. The Ilex x meserveae cultivars are just plain beautiful evergreens happy in sun to open shade in fertile, acid and moisture retaining soils. Winterberries, Ilex verticillata, are happy in full to mostly sunny sites in moist to even wet soils; they are often great autumn/winter fixtures in roadside ditches. The midgets are cute in the rock garden or even in containers. Ilex cornuta's spiny leaves look like giant glossy green mutant horned beetles - just fascinating in their structure. All are terrific wildlife plants and they add so much beauty and multi-seasonal appeal. Cutting grown.