Herb: California Broomrape
Latin name: Orobanche californica
Family: Orobanchaceae (Broom-rape Family)
Medicinal use of California Broomrape:A decoction of the plant has been used in the treatment of colds, pneumonia and pulmonary complaints.
Description of the plant:
(4 3/4 inch)
Habitat of the herb:Parasitic on Artemisia tridentata, growing on open slopes in foothills and valleys below 1500 metres.
Edible parts of California Broomrape:Underground stems - raw or cooked. A succulent texture, they are very thirst quenching.
Propagation of the herb: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.
Cultivation of California Broomrape:Parasitic on Artemisia tridentata, growing on open slopes in foothills and valleys below 1500 metres.
Known hazards of Orobanche californica:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.