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Farges’s holly (Ilex fargesii subsp. fargesii) in flower, mid April. "Named after the French missionary Paul Farges, who collected the plant in eastern Sichuan (China) at the end of the 19th century. Farges’s holly was introduced into cultivation in Britain by Ernest Wilson who sent seeds back from west Hubei to Messrs Veitch and Son (of the Exeter and Chelsea Nurseries) in 1900. This holly eventually forms a small, evergreen tree, with distinctive, narrow leaves."