Wednesday, December 03, 2008
The mistletoe, Phoradendron serotinum, is a parasitic plant, meaning it obtains water and minerals from the host plant (the one it’s found growing upon), yet is capable of photosynthesis and can manufacture its own food. The Cherokee Indians called the mistletoe by a name that recognizes the close association between mistletoe and its host plant that means “they are married.” Mistletoe has thick leathery, roundish and oppositely arranged leaves and bears small, whitish flowers that turn into the light colored globe-shaped, waxy-looking berries.
Mistletoe has been associated with magic long before myths were made, and one Scandinavian myth explains how kissing came to be associated with this plant. (Read the complete story here: www.johnstoncc.edu/arboretum/ ).
Another busy, busy, very late night - so though I sketched well past my usual bedtime last night, I'm posting the mistletoe I painted Monday for the article on our webpage ... hope you enjoy it!