Ilex cassine var. cassine (plant)
Ilex cassine var. cassine is an evergreen shrub or tree native to North and Central America. The leaves are boiled in water for at least 10 min to produce a tea known as ‘the black drink’. Contains caffeine from 0.27-0.32% (new data indicates this may actually be theobromine) (Ratsch, 1998).
Care and Cultivation of Ilex cassine var. cassine
Ilex cassine var. cassine likes rich and moist soil in full sun to part shade. Keep trimmed for easier harvesting of leaves (like tea). Appears to be relatively frost and drought tolerant.
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