Mistletoe (Viscum album)

Viscum album

Mistletoe

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does fruit in March

Plant does fruit in April

Plant does not fruit in May

Plant does not fruit in June

Plant does not fruit in July

Plant does not fruit in August

Plant does not fruit in September

Plant does not fruit in October

Plant does not fruit in November

Plant does fruit in December

  • Botanical name: Viscum album
  • Common name: Mistletoe
  • Family: Santalaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Evergreen
Flower colour:

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Green

Mistletoe, Viscum album, is an evergreen, hemi-parasitic shrub, meaning it obtains part of its food from the plant it’s parasitising, and part from photosynthesis.

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It has a bushy, globose shape and can parasitise more than 200 trees and shrubs – apples, lime, poplar and conifers are frequent hosts. Mistletoe doesn’t kill the plant, however, so you needn’t remove if you spot it growing in your garden. It’ll provide you with fresh mistletoe at Christmas, too!

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It’s possible to grow mistletoe yourself by harvesting the seeds from fresh berries in spring, then placing them underneath bark flaps on a suitable tree or shrub.

How to grow Viscum album

  • Plant size

    1.1m height

    1.1m spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, south facing, east facing, west facing

  • Hardiness: Hardy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do not Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does fruit in March

Plant does fruit in April

Plant does not fruit in May

Plant does not fruit in June

Plant does not fruit in July

Plant does not fruit in August

Plant does not fruit in September

Plant does not fruit in October

Plant does not fruit in November

Plant does fruit in December

Collect seeds
Collect seeds

Do not Collect seeds in January

Do not Collect seeds in February

Do Collect seeds in March

Do Collect seeds in April

Do not Collect seeds in May

Do not Collect seeds in June

Do not Collect seeds in July

Do not Collect seeds in August

Do not Collect seeds in September

Do not Collect seeds in October

Do not Collect seeds in November

Do not Collect seeds in December

Viscum album and wildlife

Viscum album is known for attracting birds. It has seeds for birds.

Does not attract Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Attractive to Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Viscum album poisonous?

Viscum album can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

Toxic to Livestock

Toxic to People

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds