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Lathraea is a genus containing around 5 perennial parasitic plants in the Orobanchaceae family which are commonly known by the name Toothwort. They are native to temperate regions of Europe and Asia. They grow on the roots of trees and completely lacking chlorophyll, they do not produce true leaves. For example, Lathraea clandestina, which is commonly known as Purple Toothwort, is cultivated for the upright purple or pink flowers. Capable of parasitising a variety of garden ornamental trees and shrubs including species in the genera Acer, Alnus, Buxus, Carpinus, Corylus, Juglans, Metasequoia, Rhododendron, Taxus and Gunnera.
How to propagate Toothwort
Seed when fresh in late summer.