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Orobanche minor - Sm.

Common Name Lesser Broomrape, Hellroot
Family Orobanchaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Parasitic, mainly on Trifolium species and other herbaceous Legumes, mainly in southern and eastern Britain[17].
Range South and west Europe, including Britain, from Belgium south and east to N. Africa and W. Asia.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Orobanche minor Lesser Broomrape, Hellroot


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Orobanche minor Lesser Broomrape, Hellroot

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Orobanche minor is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Meadow;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

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Cultivation details

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Botanical References

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Readers comment

Mike Johnson (B.Eng & Hort Cert IV)   Sat Jun 2 2007

Crowhurst, A. 1972 "The Weed Cookbook" Lancer Books, New York USA reports that O.minor stems, collected around (N hemisphere)June and boiled in a little salted water for 10 mins to be an asparagus substitute. I have this weed in my Canberra garden, apparently paritising an Acacia (do they always go for N fixing spp.?) but haven't tried eating as yet. Have to wait till our southern summer. Mike

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