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Common Name: California Broomrape
Orobanche californica is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.12 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
South-western N. America.
Parasitic on Artemisia tridentata, growing on open slopes in foothills and valleys below 1500 metres[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, but judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors at least in the milder areas of the country. It requires a well-drained soil and should succeed in sun or shade.
A fully parasitic plant lacking in chlorophyll, it is entirely dependant upon its host plant for obtaining nutrient[
Underground stems - raw or cooked. A succulent texture[
], they are very thirst quenching[
A decoction of the plant has been used in the treatment of colds, pneumonia and pulmonary complaints[
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in a pot containing a host plant. The seed is probably best sown as soon as it is ripe if this is possible. It might also be possible to sow the seed in situ around a host plant.