Squawroot (Conopholis americana)

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Botanical names:
Conopholis americana Accepted
Orobanche americana Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Leaves: Other: Leafless
Fruiting Time: Late spring or early summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Other: 4 to 8 inch tall, corncob like structure bearing yellow to cream.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Inflorescence Height: 4-8 inches
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Edible Parts: Flowers
Eating Methods: Tea
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Pollinators: Flies


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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Mar 6, 2016 7:24 AM

This plant is a parasite of the oak and sometimes beech trees. Its thick fleshy roots grow on the roots of oaks and it only flowers after about four years, appearing in the spring.
Looking rather like pale pine cones, the flower stalks are eaten by many mammals, including deer and bears, and the seeds are distributed throughout the forest in the feces of these animals.
Grows mostly in old hardwood forests and is native to the eastern US.

achlorophyllous- no chlorophyll

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Unidentified Plant by liqueen14 Apr 24, 2020 10:14 AM 6
Can anyone ID this plant? by znhicks May 9, 2020 10:26 AM 5
What is this interesting looking plant? by Gatheredwaters Jun 20, 2016 2:28 PM 4
Squawroot (Conopholis americana) by wallaced May 15, 2015 7:08 AM 13

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