Now the leaves have fallen, look out for a ball of evergreen mistletoe up in the branches of trees. This is a parasitic plant that lives off its host

From the earliest times mistletoe has been one of the most magical, mysterious, and sacred plants of European folklore. It was considered to bestow life and fertility; a protection against poison; and an aphrodisiac. Got to be worth a kiss at Christmas!



Look out for a ball of evergreen mistletoe image

Mistletoe is considered a pest in many areas of the world. A host tree or bush heavily infested with mistletoe can be stunted or even die. Still, mistletoe provides an important food source and a nesting place for a variety of bird species particularly the Mistle Thrush whose name is derived from its tendency to secrete the mistletoe seeds in trees allowing the plant to germinate.