This fascinating plant is a partial parasite which produces suckers that grow into the host tree.  Many people believe that mistletoe has magical powers and is venerated in Africa , Japan and New Guinea , it plays an important part in fertility ceremonies as it was believed that women who wanted to conceive should wear it around their neck. An echo of this survives when we kiss under the mistletoe.

The berries were once eaten  to cure epileptic fits, This is not as daft as it sounds as the plant contains an anti-spasmodic substance that also reduces blood pressure.

Some European cultures used it  too ward off witchcraft but to do this it must not touch the ground when being picked.

May I now wish all our visitors a very happy Christmas and a very happy and peaceful New Year