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13/07/2014 at 19:02

I bought a holly shrub a Ferox Argentea.  It has dark green leaves with a cream border.  It  is unusual in that it has spikes on top of the leaves.  I think it is a male plant but I  am not  sure. There are no flowers on it or any buds.  Is there a female holly I could I could buy to get berries?  Or maybe  the Ferox is female and needs a male.  Any ideas, please?

13/07/2014 at 19:12

Golden King is a female. Silver queen is male. (I know!!!)

Ilex ferox argentea (hedgehog holly) doesn't flower for me either.

13/07/2014 at 19:15

I think it is difficult to distinguish until the autumn when the female has berries.

It might be self fertile and then you will never know.

13/07/2014 at 19:18

Thank you both. I will just have to patient and see

13/07/2014 at 19:19

Ferox argentea is a male holly so it won't have berries, however its flowers will pollinate a female variety of holly

13/07/2014 at 19:20

Very patient dunkie37.

The sex cannot be determined until the plants begin flowering, usually between 4 and 12 years of age.

13/07/2014 at 19:21

I stand corrected. Thanks again Dove.

13/07/2014 at 19:35

I think its very shy though. I have never seen flowers on mine, male or female.

13/07/2014 at 19:35

Lots of varieties here so you can choose a berrying female 

13/07/2014 at 20:20

Thanks everyone.  The male plant is quite colourful anyway.  I will try the website from Dovefromabove just to see.

13/07/2014 at 20:24

I think its a good plant even without berries.

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