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Common Name: Bastard Toad Flax
Comandra richardsiana is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Eastern N. America - Newfoundland to Quebec and south to Kansas.
Calcareous, gravelly, sandy or marly soils[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. It is quite possibly no more than a form of C. umbellata[
]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
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[
], we do not know the host species[
Fruit - raw[
]. Sweet and oily[
], it is delicious but only a few are produced[
]. The fruit is about 6mm in diameter[
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[