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A picture of a Clover Broomrape

Clover Broomrape

Orobanche minor

Also known as

Hellroot, Common Broomrape, Lesser Broomrape, Small Broomrape

Orobanche minor-02 (xndr) by Svdmolen (CC BY 2.5)

Full Shade
Moderate watering

Expected size

Height
Spread

70cm

Max

30cm

10cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Clover Broomrape

A close up of a Orobanche minor flower
Orobanche minor plant
A close up of a white Orobanche minor flower
Some Orobanche minor

Clover Broomrape Overview

Orobanche minor is a parasitic plant species from the Orobanchaceae family. Native to Europe and North Africa, this plant has been introduced to Great Britain. It is commonly known by the name Clover Broomrape, amongst others It parasitises Red Clover, (Trifolium pratense), and a range of species in the pea, Fabaceae and daisy, Asteraceae families. It therefore doesn't produce chlorophyll or photosynthesise. It typically grows to around half a metre in height, forming a range of coloured flowers including red-brown, white, yellow, yellow-brown to purple and barely visible leaves.