Specie: V. album
Mistletoe, Common Mistletoe, European Mistletoe
Name in Latin: Santalaceae
Name in English: Sandalwood Family
Origin: Europe, Western and Southern Asia. Latin meaning of albus is white.
Growth Habit: hemi-parasitic shrub, round growth, pairs of leaves along its stem and clusters of white berries.
Flower: tiny inconspicuous yellow, fruit is a white berry
Leaf: elongated ovate, evergreen
Seasonal arrangements or done in sprigs, woven into wreaths , garlands , or swags.
Care and Handling
Lasting Quality: short life after cut
Amount of water:
Special handling: keep cool as possible
berries are toxic to humans. Used medicinally for headaches, dizziness, energy loss, irritability , vertigo and others...
Mistletoe has had an important role in many of the ancient cultures and is often credited special properties and magic power. In Norse mythology, the God Baldur was killed by a poisoned mistletoe arrow.
Like so much of our Christmas tradition, mistletoe has a lot of connections with the ancient pagans and the Celts. Despite its toxicity, the plant was used by ancient herbalists for a variety of purposes and the name reportedly comes from the Celtic for "All heal", although this etymology is disputed.
Mistletoe has a reputation for being able to survive the harshest of conditions. In fact it can be difficult to get rid of and some gardeners consider it a pest. This ability to survive and be reborn made it an excellent symbol for the ancient pagan midwinter festivals.