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Mistletoe

The ancient Druids believed mistletoe had miraculous healing powers. It was placed over doorways to ward-​​off evil and to bestow health, happiness, and luck. The custom of embraces and kisses at doorways co-​​evolved with the hanging of doorway mistletoe. Mistletoe has long been used as a medicinal herb but also has some very toxic components so always keep it out of reach of young children.

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Rocky Mountain Mistletoe

Mistletoe is also a parasitic plant that can damage forest evergreens. Mistletoe that grows in the Rocky Mountain forests has no need for chlorophyll as it is totally parasitic and has a yellowish cast.  It is generally viewed as a pest on evergreens.