Viscum, and Phoradendron

(Viscum album, Phoradendron serotinum)
Other Names - European Mistletoe, American Mistletoe.
Origins - Europe, N. America.
Perennial (evergreen).
Hardiness (see References, below) - Zones 7 - 10.
Bloom - Spring.
Fruit - Fall, Winter.
Height - Approx. 3 ft (90cm).
Cultivation - Parasitic plant, grows on trees. Propagation - By birds.
Other - While, I do not know of anyone purposefully propagating mistletoe, (in moderation) it's a nice to have addition to one's woodland garden, particularly around this time of the year. Attractive berries, and foliage are often used to decorate homes, before New Year's arrival. Druids believed Mistletoe to be a welcoming sign. Most of us associate it with the symbol of love, -both nice!
Mistletoe has some very important (internal, and external) medicinal uses, but it is completely unsuitable for home made remedies; digested it will cause irregular heart action, diarrhoea, and other unpleasant, and dangerous effects.
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