Mistletoe Plant

Photo By Shutterstock/Martin Fowler

Mistletoe Plant

Phoradendron, the scientific name for American mistletoe, aptly translates from the Greek to mean "thief of trees," and with good reason. Although not technically a parasite -- mistletoe can live on its own -- it thrives when burying its roots into the branches of trees and leeching nutrients and moisture from its host. European mistletoe (Viscum album) is weaker than its American counterpart, but the aggressive American mistletoe will often kill its unwitting host.

Tags