Stems are somewhat woody and branching. The thick pale-green leaves are smooth and somewhat stiff. Leaves on the lower stem have pinkish scales. Flowers are small, white to flesh colour, and grow in flat topped clusters. Small, green fruits are topped with the remains of the calyx; similar to rose-hips. Full scientific name is: Comandra umbellata (L.) Nutt. ssp. pallida (A. DC.) Piehl.
A member of the sandalwood family; also known as pale bastard toadflax.
Parasitic; obtains some nutrients from the roots of plants nearby.
This plant has narcotic properties; may be toxic to mammals.
Fields, rocky slopes, open woods.
North American aboriginals found this plant useful in treating sores, headaches, and as a mouthwash.