Flor Box OXO | Flower Meanings | Holiday Holly

Updated: Sep 4, 2020

For centuries throughout modern civilization, the holly berry has been associated with the holidays. Let's explore the reasons for this traditional symbol. According to Flowerpaedia (2018), authored by environmental artist and floral specialist, Cheralyn Darcey, the holly plant represents resurrection and forgiveness.

Holly [other wise known as] Ilex Aquifolium, represents the following: I wish you peace, good luck, defense, protection, domestic happiness, cheerfulness, homemaking, balance of mind, resurrection, and recovery. The holly is a symbolism for the question, am I forgiven? Am I forgotten? - Flowerpaedia (2018)

According to the online resource, Encyclopedia Britannica, britannica.com (2019), hollies can be evergreen or deciduous. The single or clustered, usually greenish small flowers are unisexual and have four petals, and the male and female flowers grow on separate plants. The berries, also identified as drupes are an important winter food source for many bird species. Despite common beliefs, most berries are not safe for human consumption.

Holly other wise known as genus Ilex, genus of some 600 species of shrubs and trees in the family Aquifoliaceae, are distributed nearly worldwide. Several species are cultivated as ornamentals for their distinctive foliage and red or black fruits, which persist into winter and are popular Christmas decorations. (Britannica.com sourced in 2019)

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