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Purple Toothwort

Lathraea Clandestina

Various parts of the gardens but easily seen in the Azalea Walks & Water Gardens

This unusual little plant is a native of the European mainland and is commonly known as Purple Toothwort.  The purple flowers, which appear in spring, are the only parts visible above ground. Unlike most other plants, it has no green leaves to manufacture food using sunlight. Instead, it gains its nourishment living off the roots of trees. This parasitic perennial is usually found living, in damp soils, on the roots of Willow, Poplar and Alder.



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