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Orobanche pinorum is a Perennial
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Western N. America - Washington to N.W. California.
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. 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[
]. Its natural hosts are coniferous trees[
]. Modern research shows that the plant is not parasitic on coniferous plants but uses Holodiscus discolor as its host (personal communication from M. Ellis )
Edible UsesThe whole plant is edible, raw or cooked.
MedicinalThe plant is laxative and sedative.
Other UsesNone known
PropagationSeed - 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.