Yaupon Holly

Botanically known as Ilex vomitoria, the hundreds of Yaupon family members all have the common quality of being easy to grow. Whether in intense sun or gentle shade, drought or ocean salt spray, there is a Yaupon holly cultivar that is perfectly content to grow there.

In the above photo you can see our native female Yaupon holly planted on our property. “She” is one of many cultivars of Yaupon hollys we have planted here in various locations on our 12 acres. There are eggplants and heirloom tomatoes planted around this Yaupon and she seems quite content with her company. Best of all, we enjoy the delicious Yaupon  tea from her leaves.

Yaupon holly leaves in a sink strainer being rinsed The varieties of Yaupons we have here as well as a step-by-step picture tutorial of making Yaupon tea are forthcoming and future blog posts.