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Lathraea clandestina (Purple toothwort)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.02m
Max height
1m
Max spread
2 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Lathraea clandestina

Other names

Purple toothwort

Genus

Lathraea Lathraea

Species

L. clandestina - L. clandestina is a parasitic plant that grows at the base of trees or shrubs. It is a rhizomatous perennial with two-lipped, light purple flowers that just peak above the soil surface in spring.


Lathraea clandestina is: Deciduous

Habit

Mat Forming, Small, Spiky

Flower

Flushed purple, White in Spring

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Propagation

Scatter seeds when ripe or divide a clum off of mature specimen and plant near the roots of a Willow, Poplar or Alder.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Lathraea clandestina (Purple toothwort) will reach a height of 0.02m and a spread of 1m after 2 years.

Suggested uses

City, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Ground Cover, Containers, Underplanting

Cultivation

Mulch with leafmould in autumn. Grow in moist, well drained soil.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Lathraea clandestina

Other names

Purple toothwort

Genus

Lathraea Lathraea

Species

L. clandestina - L. clandestina is a parasitic plant that grows at the base of trees or shrubs. It is a rhizomatous perennial with two-lipped, light purple flowers that just peak above the soil surface in spring.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Mat Forming, Small, Spiky


Colour

Flower

Flushed purple, White in Spring

General care

Propagation

Scatter seeds when ripe or divide a clum off of mature specimen and plant near the roots of a Willow, Poplar or Alder.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Lathraea clandestina (Purple toothwort) will reach a height of 0.02m and a spread of 1m after 2 years.

Suggested uses

City, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Ground Cover, Containers, Underplanting

Cultivation

Mulch with leafmould in autumn. Grow in moist, well drained soil.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

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