FAQ About Mistletoe
What is mistletoe?
Mistletoe is not only a grass that grows on trees, but also a flower that people kiss under in the Christmas or new year.
What is origin of kissing under the mistletoe?
While some people attribute its origin to the Norse mythology's god Baldur, Forsyth argues that the most extensive research on the plant was published in the 1720s. Though, it doesn't have anything to do with kissing under the mistletoe. Whatever happened between 1720 and 1784, somehow kissing under a mistletoe became a tradition.
What does mistletoe have to do with Christmas?
Frigg, aka Odin's wife in Norse mythology, portrayed mistletoe as a symbol of love and an oath of devotion. At the same time, mistletoe's links to fertility and vitality became widely included in Christmas celebrations in the 18th century.
Which trees does mistletoe grow?
Mistletoe grows in the branches of trees such as hawthorn, poplar and lime, although in the UK we mostly come across on the apple trees.
What time of year does mistletoe grow?
It is usually formed and collected in October and November.
How long will mistletoe last?
Although it can last for about 10 days at room temperature, it can stay alive for up to 1 month in its natural environment.