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botanical name:
Viscum album
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common name:  Mistletoe
family:  Santalaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen
height: 1.60m
width: 1.60m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: light green
flower colour: yellow
fruit colour: white
stem/bark: light green
main season: All Year
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: 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.

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