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Bastard Toadflax

Natural History

Bastard Toadflax is a member of the Sandalwood Family. The plant grows to 14 inches in height and has green, narrow, lance shaped leaves that grow to 1.5 inches in length. The plant typically grows on mountainsides in oak and ponderosa pine forests at elevations between 4000 - 9500 feet.

Bastard Toadflax is parasitic (sometimes called semi-parasitic because it also gets nutrition from photosynthesis) on numerous other plants getting both water and nutrition from the roots of other plants.

Bastard Toadflax blooms between April - August and produces a white to pinkish star shaped flower with 5 petals to 3/8 inches in width that grow in a terminal cluster.

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