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Common Name: Pale Bastard Toadflax
Comandra pallida is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.40 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
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[