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PlantFiles: Desert Mistletoe
Phoradendron californicum

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Family: Santalaceae
Genus: Phoradendron (for-uh-DEN-dron) (Info)
Species: californicum (kal-ih-FOR-nik-um) (Info)

Category:
Perennials
Shrubs
Parasites and Hemiparasites

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Evergreen

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive roybird On Apr 7, 2008, roybird from Santa Fe, NM wrote:

I saw Desert Mistletoe berries in Grapevine Canyon, Nevada. This was around the end of March 2008. It is certainly an interesting plant to see and stands out when it is fruiting.

Neutral Xenomorf On Nov 23, 2006, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

I've seen this growing in the wild on the 'El Camino Del Diablo Trail' (Devils' Highway) that runs between Ajo and Wellton in Arizona through the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.

Neutral lmelling On Mar 2, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Partial parasite, occuring mostly on leguminous trees. Desert Mistletoe is capable of photosynthesizing, but roots also invade bark of host plants and they take in water and nutrients from the host plants.

Phainopepla birds feed on the berries and disperse the seeds to other hosts. Flowers are tiny and yellowish green. Berries mature in December and are pinkish-orange. Leaves are scalelike.

Regional...

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

Ajo, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Salome, Arizona



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