Valentine's Day 2020

I wish that I could show you a truly "romantic" plant for Valentine's Day. Maybe I can get close! You probably recognize the plant in the images as Mistletoe, which IS considered by some to be a romantic plant during the Christmas season. Mistletoe is a native Texas plant that does have an unromantic side as a parasite. It's a parasitic plant because it takes food and water from its host plant. It's more properly referred to as a hemiparasitic plant because it can still make its own food via photosynthesis (hint: that's why it is green in color). The white mistletoe berries are poisonous to humans, pets, ans livestock, but livestock and deer relish the thick (juicy) mistletoe leaves. Several species of songbirds, including mockingbirds and cedar waxwings, can eat the berries. So, even though this species has its unromantic side, it does play a positive role in nature, which lets me end this post on a "romantic" thought. Happy Valentine's Day! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby #ValentinesDay

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