Pale Bastard Toadflax
Herb: Pale Bastard Toadflax
Latin name: Comandra pallida
Synonyms: Comandra umbellata pallida
Family: Santalaceae (Sandalwood Family)
Medicinal use of Pale Bastard Toadflax:The plant is narcotic. A decoction has been used in the treatment of headaches and externally as a foot bath to treat corns. The plant has been used to treat sore eyes and sores on the body and also as a mouth wash for canker sores.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Dry hills and plains. Sandy or open rocky ground in Texas.
Edible parts of Pale Bastard Toadflax:Fruit. A sweet flavour. The fruit is about 10mm in diameter. The small round seeds are eaten like nuts by children.
Other uses of the herb:A blue dye is obtained from the area next to the root bark.
Propagation of Pale Bastard Toadflax:Seed - stratify for 3 months at 5°C and then sow in the greenhouse in a pot with a suitable host. Plant out when it is well established close to a mature host plant.
Cultivation of the herb:Dry hills and plains. Sandy or open rocky ground in Texas.
Known hazards of Comandra pallida:There is a report that the plant can be toxic to mammals.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.