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Plant Details

Conopholis americana

Bearcorn, cancer root

Scientific Name:

Conopholis americana

Common Name:

Bearcorn, cancer root

Plant Family

Orobanchaceae (Broomrape Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Perennial

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow, Brown

Size in Feet:

.75

Light:

Shade

Soil Moisture:

Sub-xeric(*)

Bloom Time:

March, April, May, June

Bloom Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Notes:

Said to be a favorite food for bears and thus the seeds are spread by the bears.

Bloom

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Tom Harville
Little Switzerland, NC
Mid May

Blooms

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Tom Harville
Little Switzerland, NC

More blooms

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David McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants

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