American Holly

American Holly

Ilex opaca

 

The American holly, scientifically known as Ilex opaca, isn't native to Georgia but thrives there. It's not harmful to humans, though its berries can be toxic if consumed excessively. In spring, it blooms with small, white flowers followed by iconic crimson berries. With glossy, spiky leaves, it adds festive charm year-round. Beyond its ornamental value, it's used in landscaping and woodworking. Its berries are crucial food for birds during winter.

 

Bible Verse

John 4: 7-14

 

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the well is deep; where then can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this well and drank from it himself with his children and his flocks?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”