Please donate to support our ‘Plants to Save the Planet’ Project. The Project is directed at enabling designers of ‘carbon farms’ and ‘food forests’: agroecosystems of perennial plants, to choose the most appropriate plants for their requirements and site conditions. We are working on a subset of plants in the PFAF database identified as having the most potential for inclusion in such designs. We are adding search terms and icons to those plants pages, and providing a range of search options aligned to categories of plants and crop yields, with Help facilities including videos. More >>>

Follow Us:

 

Orobanche tuberosa - Hook.

Common Name Ground Cone
Family Orobanchaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Parasitic on Gaultheria shallon, on or near the coast[60].
Range Western N. America - British Columbia to N. California.
Edibility Rating    (1 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
Orobanche tuberosa Ground Cone


Orobanche tuberosa Ground Cone

 

Translate this page:

Summary


Physical Characteristics

 icon of manicon of flower
Orobanche tuberosa is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.1 m (0ft 5in). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

UK Hardiness Map US Hardiness Map

Synonyms

Boschniakia hookeri. Walp.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root
Edible Uses:

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].

References

Medicinal Uses

Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.
Miscellany

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

References

Our new book Edible Shrubs is now available.

Edible Shrubs provides detailed information, attractively presented, on over 70 shrub species. They have been selected to provide a mix of different plant sizes and growing conditions. Most provide delicious and nutritious fruit, but many also have edible leaves, seeds, flowers, stems or roots, or they yield edible or useful oil.

Read More

Edible Shrubs Book

Other Uses

Miscellany

None known

Special Uses

References

Cultivation details

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.

References

Temperature Converter

Type a value in the Celsius field to convert the value to Fahrenheit:

Fahrenheit:

image

The PFAF Bookshop

Plants For A Future have a number of books available in paperback and digital form. Book titles include Edible Plants, Edible Perennials, Edible Trees, and Woodland Gardening. Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs.

Shop Now

Propagation

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.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Orobanche ammophylaLie DangBiennial0.4 -  LMHFSNM22 
Orobanche californicaCalifornia Broomrape, Jepson's broomrapePerennial0.1 0-0  LMHFSNM21 
Orobanche cernuaNodding broomrapePerennial0.3 0-0  LMHFSNM10 
Orobanche fasciculataCancer Root, Clustered broomrapePerennial1.0 0-0  LMHFSNM12 
Orobanche grayana Perennial0.0 -  LMHSNM11 
Orobanche ludovicianaBroom Rape, Louisiana broomrape, Manyflower broomrapePerennial1.5 0-0  LMHFSNM11 
Orobanche minorLesser Broomrape, HellrootPerennial0.5 0-0  LMHSNM000
Orobanche pinorumConifer broomrapePerennial0.0 0-0  LMHSNM11 
Orobanche unifloraOneflowered broomrapePerennial0.3 0-0  LMHSNM11 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

Print Friendly and PDF

Expert comment

Author

Hook.

Botanical References

60

Links / References

For a list of references used on this page please go here

Readers comment

Sam   Mon Dec 14 2009

Host plants are manzanitas and madrones. http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?5502,5503,5505

Sam   Mon Dec 14 2009

Oops, sorry, that's the other species of ground cone. This one parasitizes salal. Maybe if you were growing it in a garden, it could do with another Gaultheria species that doesn't grow in the same place in the wild. http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?5502,5503,5504

Add a comment

If you have important information about this plant that may help other users please add a comment or link below. Only comments or links that are felt to be directly relevant to a plant will be included. If you think a comment/link or information contained on this page is inaccurate or misleading we would welcome your feedback at admin@pfaf.org. If you have questions about a plant please use the Forum on this website as we do not have the resources to answer questions ourselves.

* Please note: the comments by website users are not necessarily those held by PFAF and may give misleading or inaccurate information.

To leave a comment please Register or login here All comments need to be approved so will not appear immediately.

Subject : Orobanche tuberosa  
© 2010, Plants For A Future. Plants For A Future is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Charity No. 1057719, Company No. 3204567. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Some information cannot be used for commercial reasons or be modified (but some can). Please view the copyright link for more information.
Web Design & Management