Welcome to Mistletoe Matters

Mistletoe Matters is a small consultancy run by Jonathan Briggs, a UK-based mistletoe expert. This website outlines some of our work, projects and advice. There are pages on growing and managing mistletoe, mistletoe surveys, talks, walks and workshops available from Mistletoe Matters, information for print and broadcast media, and details of some publications, including books, information sheets and posters.

This is just one of several mistletoe sites run by Jonathan Briggs. Others, including the general information site The Mistletoe Pages, the English Mistletoe Shop (selling mistletoe grow-kits to gardeners) and a seasonal blog - Jonathan's Mistletoe Diary, can all be accessed by visiting the Mistletoe Directory at www.mistletoe.org.uk.

Scroll on down beyond the pictures for background and contact information for Mistletoe Matters, or click one of the picture links below for specific pages. There's a fuller menu (list and picture links) on our More Information page.

About Mistletoe Matters

With its white berries, distinctive branching pattern, perfectly-paired leaves and parasitic habit mistletoe, Viscum album, is one of our most distinctive and unusual plants. There are many other mistletoe species worldwide but ours is the true mistletoe of legend, with a long history in tradition and culture.

Mistletoe Matters is run by Jonathan Briggs, a national mistletoe expert with over 30 years research experience with this parasitic plant. It is part of a wider consultancy, Jonathan Briggs Associates.

The mistletoe consultancy provides information and advice on all aspects of mistletoe including:

Guidance and help on mistletoe planting and growing
Guidance and help on mistletoe harvest or control
Talks, walks and workshops on many aspects of mistletoe
Information on Mistletoe Survey Projects
Mistletoe Books and Information Sheets
Mistletoe news, media and press information
Information on mistletoe products at the English Mistletoe Shop

More information on all these topics is available by clicking the links above or accessing our Full Menu here.

In addition to the information on this website we also provide general mistletoe information on our Mistletoe Pages website and mistletoe products on our English Mistletoe Shop website.

You can follow Jonathan’s winter mistletoe activities via Jonathan's Mistletoe Diary on Wordpress and via Twitter (@Viscumalbum) and Facebook.

Ongoing projects include continued research into mistletoe ecology, particularly the six specialist mistletoe insects (all considered to be rare), guidance on mistletoe management and preparation of a new, bigger, mistletoe book (to expand considerably on the existing A Little Book About Mistletoe).

General terms of business are outlined on the Jonathan Briggs Associates website.

Contact information (update 2023, we are moving, over the next year or so, to the SW and cannot take new bookings for talks etc at present, sorry!)

We are based in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, UK.



07789 684585 and 01453 791135

(Please note we do not sell, or give advice on, mistletoe for medicine)


Jonathan Briggs is on LinkedIn, and Mistletoe Matters is on Facebook.
In the winter months we blog and tweet on mistletoe matters at WordPress and @Viscumalbum


For outline terms visit our Terms page.


A Little Book About Mistletoe, by Jonathan Briggs, is available from the links below. A fuller list of articles and papers is given below the book images. A longer book is in preparation.

Other papers and articles - all by, or co-authored by, Jonathan Briggs:

2023 Biological Flora of Britain and Ireland: Viscum albumJournal of Ecology 111, 701–739.

2021 Mistletoe,Viscum album (Santalaceae), in Britain and Ireland: a discussion and review of current status and trendsBritish and Irish Botany, Dec 2021 3(4): 419-454

2019 Mystical Mistletoe BBC Countryfile Magazine 158, Dec 2019, 32-38

2019 Viscum album (Mistletoe) - with or without hot-spots BSBI News 142, Sept 2019, 28-30

2012 Mistletoe on the move Biologist 59 (5) 24-27

2012 Kiss Me Quick The Garden (RHS) 137 (12) 61-64

2011 Mistletoe - a review of its distribution, conservation and insect associates, British Wildlife 23:1 (Oct 2011); 23-31

2011 Mistletoe and mistletoe insects, overview and observations from 2010, Worcs Record 30; 9-15 (an html version of this article is available here)

2011 Mistletoe (Viscum album); a brief review of its local status with recent observations on its insect associations and conservation problemsProc Cotts Nat Field Club, XLV (II), 181 193

2010 A Little Book About Mistletoe, Potamogeton Press

2008 Mistletoe - an ancient specialist of orchards and grovesOrchards and Groves; their history, ecology, culture and archaeology, Conference Proceedings, Sheffield Hallam University

2003 Christmas curiosity or medical marvel? A seasonal review of mistletoeBiologist 50 (6) 249-254

1999 Kissing Goodbye to Mistletoe? BSBI and Plantlife Report

1996 Mistletoe – distribution, biology and the National Survey, British Wildlife 7(2), 75-82

1995 Healed with a Kiss, BBC Wildlife Magazine 14, 12 74-78