Connecticut Plants
Inkberry (Evergreen Winterberry)
Ilex glabra (L.) Gray

Inkberry is threatened in Connecticut. The photographs below were taken in New Jersey, where the plant is much more common. Inkberry is a holly. Like the stereotypical holly, it has stiff, thick evergreen leaves, even if they aren't spiny.

  • Family: holly (Aquifoliaceae)
  • Habitat: bogs, swamps, shores of lakes and rivers
  • Height: 3 to 9 feet
  • Flower size: 3/16 inch wide
  • Flower color: white
  • Flowering time: June to July
  • Origin: native

Photographed in southern New Jersey in mid-October.


Inkberry in late July, when the berries are still green. Photographed in southern New Jersey.