Herb: Cancer Root
Latin name: Orobanche fasciculata
Family: Orobanchaceae (Broom-rape Family)
Medicinal use of Cancer Root:The root is pectoral. The chewed root has been used as a dressing on wounds and open sores. An infusion of the leaves is used as a wash on sores. Forms of the plant that are parasitic on sweet sage roots have been used as a treatment of cancer. The dried and powdered plant is inserted in the rectum as a specific treatment for haemorrhoids.
Description of the plant:
(3 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Sandy soils, where it is parasitic on the roots of Eriogonum and Artemisia spp, to 3200 metres in California and north to British Columbia.
Edible parts of Cancer Root:The entire plant is edible - raw or cooked. The plant can be boiled in ashes then peeled and eaten like potatoes.
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 Cancer Root:Sandy soils, where it is parasitic on the roots of Eriogonum and Artemisia spp, to 3200 metres in California and north to British Columbia.
Known hazards of Orobanche fasciculata:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.