Cooper's Broomrape

Common Names:
Cooper's Broomrape
Scientific name:
Orobanche cooperi
Elevation range:
<7,000 ft.
Flowering Months:
January, February, March, April, May
Height | Length:
4-16 in.
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Chihuahuan, Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran

As with most species of Broomrape, Cooper's Broomrape is very strange-looking, lacks clorophyll, and does not have apparent leaves. It looks like a stubby root protruding from the ground with beautiful purple flowers. It seems to prefer species in the Asteraceae family, such as Brittlebush, Burrobush, and Sagebrush.