This evergreen holly from South America resembles Dahoon Holly (Ilex cassine) of the southeastern U.S. It is the source of Yerba mate, the popular and traditional hot beverage in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina where it is grown for that purpose. It is not well known in the southern U.S. but may be grown as an ornamental and for its cultural and economic significance. Plant in fertile well drained soil in a sunny location.
USDA Hardiness Zone 8-10