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How Oklahoma’s State Flower Guarantees The Holiday Spirit All Year

When you have a state flower like Mistletoe (Phoradendron serotinum), you’re not likely to skip over celebrating one of the most crucial holidays of the year. For florists Christmas is a major holiday that always seems to bring something new each season. This year let the inspiration for your latest holiday flower arrangements come from the Oklahoma state flower. Liven up your Christmas flowers using what Oklahoma florists have found unceasing inspiration in for years.

Mistletoe photo courtesy of 50states.com

Mistletoe photo courtesy of 50states.com

Mistletoe is a funny little flower though many wouldn’t consider it a flower. Mistletoe grows on trees during the fall and winter. You can see its dark green leaves and bright white berries during the seasons when other flowers are falling away and leaves are making their last attempt at beauty before dormancy.

Of course, there’s the Christmas party tradition surrounding mistletoe. If two people stand under the mistletoe together, they are supposed to kiss one another. It’s fun to see who happens to land under the mistletoe. Some jokers make mistletoe hats to make the best (and a small joke) of the tradition. Either way, it’s fun and mistletoe’s most notable inclusion in the holiday.

Why not change that up a bit this season? Christmas flower arrangements need foliage. Can there BE a more perfect one than mistletoe? Take a tip from Oklahoma florists. Mistletoe has been a symbol of the state since before Oklahoma was even a state! Flowers with that kind of lasting impression can only be great inspiration for florists.

As the holiday season fast approaches, remember mistletoe this year as you hum “Jingle Bells” and prep a Christmas-themed arrangement.

Where Can I Find Mistletoe In Laurel Maryland?

I received a question today about mistletoe. After all, it is that time of year parties, presents, eggnog and of course kissing under the mistletoe.

The question was: Do you guys sell mistletoe’s or know where i can purchase? Tony, Laurel MD

The short answer is Flower Shop Network doesn’t sell mistletoe. We are an online directory of real local florists. However, many of our florist members do sell mistletoe around the holidays; either in the fresh form or artificial. I’m not sure which one of our florists in your area sell mistletoe. To find mistletoe in your area contact a local Laurel florist listed in our directory. They should be able to help you.

You might wonder where the florists get the mistletoe they sell. Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that grow attached to the limbs or branches of trees and shrubs. So live mistletoe is often purchased by your local florist from wholesale florists who carry mistletoe. Because this plant is parasitic and not easily reproduced, many local florists carry dried or artificial mistletoe instead of live mistletoe. Your local florist would purchase preserved mistletoe from a wholesaler of dried or preserved mistletoe. And of course, your local florist would purchase artificial mistletoe from a wholesaler who specializes in holiday botanicals.

While we are talking about mistletoe let me share a few interesting facts:

  • The flower meaning for Mistletoe is “Kiss me, affection, to surmount difficulties, sacred plant of India”
  • Mistletoe was considered sacred to the Celtic and Druid cultures.
  • Mistletoe is an evergreen that has berries.
  • Early Mistletoe tradition dictated that young men had the privilege of kissing a maiden under the mistletoe. After the kiss they had to pluck a berry off the mistletoe. When the berries were gone the privilege of kissing under the mistletoe was also gone.
  • The berries of the mistletoe are poisonous.

Mistletoe is an interesting plant with an long and vivid history. It sad that we remember it only once a year.