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Orobanche uniflora is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.25 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
N. America - Newfoundland to Ontario, South Carolina and Texas.
Open moist or dry places, or in dry woods, from lowland to low elevations[
], where it is parasitic on the roots of various herbs[
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 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[
]. It is mainly parasitic on Sedum species and members of the families Compositae and Saxifragaceae in the wild[
A polymorphic species[
The whole plant is edible raw or cooked[
The plant is laxative and sedative[
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.