Much of the site has been recently (September/October 2017) re-structured and there may still be formatting or link errors here and there. More updates will take place soon.
The site is mainly about the ‘original’ mistletoe of northern Europe, and concentrates mostly on its status, management, conservation and traditions in the UK.
This species is technically known as European White-berried Mistletoe, Viscum album. Most people just call it Mistletoe of course.
There are many other mistletoes around the world, including some others used in Christmas and midwinter celebrations, but Europe’s Viscum album is the original and, arguably, the best mistletoe.
Most popular traditions were originally based on this species, so it’s particularly important in folklore.
And it is the only mistletoe that has the distinctive forked branches, paired symmetrical evergreen leaves and pearlescent white berries associated with midwinter and Christmas.
But other mistletoe species feature in the website too, so do have a look around even if you don’t have the original mistletoe growing in your neighbourhood!
Quick links to key information:
- What is Mistletoe?
- Mistletoe News
- Growing Mistletoe
- Information sheets
- Mistletoe Advice