Guest blog by: Laura Cooper Whilst many species of plants are referred to as mistletoe, the icon of Christmas is the European Mistletoe Viscum album. Mistletoe has a varied reputation; it is a symbol of Christmas and druidic ritual, a poisoner and a matchmaker. The plant itself belongs to the Santalacea or sandalwood family. It […]
I’ve started writing a series on poisonous plants on the blog of the Manchester Museum Herbarium, this edition is about the many facets of mistletoe; symbol, poison and drug.