Belongs to: climbers

Mistletoe Viscum album

Also known as: european mistletoe, common mistletoe


Best time to see: all year

Key facts

A parasite on trees, mainly apples, limes and poplars, with a woody stem and sticky white berries

Most obvious as a yellowish ball in trees in autumn after they have lost their leaves

The berries are poisonous in large doses, but the plant is used by herbalists to treat a number of disorders

Extras

The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe may have derived from druidic rites or the belief that it increased fertility

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