Ground Cone (Orobanche tuberosa)

Boschniakia hookeri. Walp.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Ground Cone
Orobanche tuberosa

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The roots have been used in the treatment of coughs[257].

  • Edible Use

    Root[46, 61, 105, 161]. The potato-like stem bases were occasionally peeled and eaten raw as a snack by some North American Indian tribes[256, 257].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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.
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[200]. According to [60], the correct name for this species is Boschniakia hookeri.
Western N. America – British Columbia to N. California.

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