Yaupon Holly is a common evergreen shrub in the southeastern coastal plain. The species name "vomitoria" refers to the historic use of its leaves for making a tea known as the "black drink" which. Native Americans consumed in purifying rituals. The leaves contain caffeine and in the recent past they were toasted and used to make a tea or coffe substitute by residents of the North Carolina Outer Banks. Yaupon is a popular ornamental and hedge plant available in several varieties including pendulous and dwarf forms. Female plants have showy red berries.