Ivy Broomrape - Orobanche hederae


Stem unbranched, reddish or reddish purple, glandular hairy and swollen at the base. Scale-leaves oblong to lanceolate, pointed bracts lanceolate. Flowers dull cream tinged with reddish purple towards the end, 12 to 22 mm long, corolla narrowed in the throat, the upper lip slightly yellow.

Identification difficulty

Woodland, hedgerows etc. parasitic on ivy.

When to see it

June and July.

Life History

Perennial herb - this is a holoparasite which is completely parasitic on ivy. Plants of this type generally have no chlorophyll and cannot exist without a host plant.

UK Status

Local in southern England, mainly coastal in Wales and scarce elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Ivy Broomrape
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
25/07/2013 (Rossell, Mark)
Last record:
04/08/2019 (Cunningham, Sally)

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