The Temperate Database is in the process of being updated, with new records being added and old ones being checked and brought up to date where necessary. This record has not yet been checked and updated.
Common Name: Pale Bastard Toadflax
Comandra pallida is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.40 metres tall.
It has edible, medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
There is a report that the plant can be toxic to mammals.
Western N. America - Manitoba to British Columbia and south to Texas.
Dry hills and plains[
]. Sandy or open rocky ground in Texas[
Requires a well-drained moisture retentive lime-free soil[
A parasitic plant obtaining at least some of its nutrients from the roots of other plants[
]. It is said to parasitize over 200 different species of plants in the wild[
]. A sweet flavour[
]. The fruit is about 10mm in diameter[
The small round seeds are eaten like nuts by children[
The plant is narcotic[
]. A decoction has been used in the treatment of headaches and externally as a foot bath to treat corns[
The plant has been used to treat sore eyes and sores on the body and also as a mouth wash for canker sores[
A blue dye is obtained from the area next to the root bark[
Seed - stratify for 3 months at 5°c and then sow in the greenhouse in a pot with a suitable host. Plant out when it is well established close to a mature host plant[