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Orobanche cernua 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.
Europe - Mediterranean to E. Asia.
Rocky slopes, especially in Lahul, 1500 - 3300 metres from Pakistan to C. Nepal in the Himalayas[
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 at least in the milder areas 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[
]. We do not know which species it uses as hosts[
Root - cooked. It is roasted then eaten[
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.