Holoparasitic plants can pose problems in gardens. Because they do not practice photosynthesis, these plants depend on others for survival. Holoparasitic plants grow in close proximity to other plants and steal their nutrients. While some host plants are strong enough to withstand the parasitic tendencies, many others will eventually die, and so it is important to keep a look out for these invasive plants and to be able to recognize them. Some of the more common breeds of holoparasitic plants include toothwort, beechdrop, broomrape, and squawroot.
- Holoparasitic plants tap into other plants, and receive all of their nutrients from them.
- Some do this without killing the host plant, but others are pathogenic.
- Examples of holoparasitic plants are dodder, toothwort, beechdrop, broomrape, and squawroot.
“Holoparasitic plants in the garden may be some of the least obvious occupants, but they can have a big impact.”