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CultureMistletoe (Gui)

Mistletoe, Gui in French is a wild plant that 'blooms' during winter. It is easy to spot growing on host trees with its white bubble fruit like flowers. Mistletoe is damaging to its host and can diminish yields on fruit trees. Mistletoe, doesn't kill trees on its own but can weaken them and make them susceptible to illness. Because of this is, in some areas it is mandatory to remove mistletoe.

Mistletoe has many traditions including couples kissing under it. In France traditionally, mistletoe represents prosperity and happiness and is sold for a short time in some flower shops during winter.

The leaves of mistletoe reportedly have medicinal properties and are harvested in the fall. The leaves can be dried and ground into a power that stimulates the immune system.

Hanging Mistletoe (Gui)

Mistletoe (Gui) growing on host trees.

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