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Broomrape

Orobanche spp.

Orobanche crenata 1 by Hans Hillewaert (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Shade
Moderate watering

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    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

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    Broomrape Overview

    Orobanche is a genus containing around 160 parasitic plants in the Orobanchaceae family. They are native to temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere and characterised by their non-photosynthetic straw-coloured stems, almost total lack of visible leaves (they are often reduced to minute triangular scales) and spikes of snapdragon-like flowers in shades of yellow, white or blue. As they have no chlorophyll they obtain their nutrients by parasitising other plant species; consequently, they can be a major threat to agriculture.

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