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PlantFiles: European Mistletoe, Mistletoe
Viscum album

Family: Santalaceae
Genus: Viscum (VIS-kum) (Info)
Species: album (AL-bum) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Actee On Mar 3, 2010, Actee from Paris
France wrote:

Common mistletoe is hard to cultivate. This plant is regardless interesting. One is delightful but more than two should be seen as nsane...

Neutral stevenova On Jul 9, 2003, stevenova from Newcastle
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

In central Europe, there is a sub-species called Viscum album ssp. abieties that grows exclusively on conifers, especially Pinus nigra ssp. austriaca and on various species of Abies.

Neutral Lilith On May 2, 2002, Lilith from Durham
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bright, yellowish-green foliage springing from the branch of an otherwise bare tree in Winter distinguishes the Mistletoe from a distance. Its special roots invade the tissues of the host tree and take nourishment, although the plant makes some of its food using sunlight. Mistletoe grows on a large range of deciduous trees; it is especially common on apple, although uncommon on Oak and found only rarely on conifers. Birds eating the berries wipe of sticky seeds from their beaks onto a branch, where the seeds grow into new plants. Mistletoe is familiar through the Christmas tradition of kissing under a sprig of the plant - magical properties have been atributed to the plant throughout the ages. In particular, the plants that grew on Oak featured much in ancient ceremonies of the Druids. Mistletoe has been used medicinally to treat heart disease and many different nervous disorders.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Arlington, Tennessee

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