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Common Name: Ground Cone
Orobanche tuberosa 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
Western N. America - British Columbia to N. California.
Parasitic on Gaultheria shallon, on or near the coast[
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 most parts 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[
According to [
], the correct name for this species is Boschniakia hookeri.
]. The potato-like stem bases were occasionally peeled and eaten raw as a snack by some North American Indian tribes[
The roots have been used in the treatment of coughs[
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.