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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 07.2 December 1995

The Festive Ecology of Holly, lvy and Mistletoe

By - John Box

Originally published in the 17th century, this verse by Robert Herrick lists the plants traditionally associated with Christmas, but it also raises some questions. Holly, Ilex aquifolium, Ivy, Hedera helix, and Mistletoe, Viscum album, are plants which are widely used at Christmas because of their decorative berries and green leaves in the depths of winter.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist