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common name: Mistletoe
poisonous or irritant
full sun, part shade
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 7 to 9
Parasitic plant growing on tree branches. Distinctive leathery, yellow-green leaves held in pairs. Clusters of tiny yellow flowers in spring, translucent white berries follow later, each with a single seed.
Favoured host trees are apples, pears, hawthorns, limes, poplars, oaks and willows.
By seed, which are spread and lodged in tree-bark by birds, the berries and seed are sticky and adhere to their beaks.
Mistletoe was a sacred plant of the Druids, associated with fertility and the winter solstice. Now popular as a Christmas decoration.
Has long been used as a medicinal herb and is now being investigated as a treatment for certain cancers.