Flowering Facts: Mistletoe

Mistletoe is known as an evergreen parasitic plant. It attaches itself to old Apple, Lime, Ash and Hawthorne trees burrowing its roots deep into the roots of the tree and sucking up its nutrients. Mistletoe has been around for centuries and used throughout different cultures, the Druids believed that it could perform miracles, from providing fertility to humans and animals to curing diseases and protecting against witchcraft. Although unsure where the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe came from some believe that it was the Vikings association with the plant and their goddess of love, Frigga. Others think it’s the ancient belief that it’s related to fertility. However it came about, the “proper” mistletoe etiquette is for the man to remove one berry after he kisses a girl. Once all the berries are gone, no one can kiss under that plant again. For those that follow the “proper” ways it is said to bring good luck to them.