Common name(s): Purple Sand Food, Dune Food
Family: Lennoaceae - Lennoa Family
Species: Pholisma arenarium
Commonly found: Stabilized dunes
Size: 20-30cm tall
Description: Purple Sand Food is a parasitic perennial, meaning it lacks chlorophyll and has a brownish-grey or whitish color. It is often found attached to the roots of Mock Heather. The flowers are crowded on the above-ground stalk. The petals are lavender to bluish-purple with white margins. The flower clusters often resembled purple-flowered golf balls.
Our newsletter keeps you up to date with the latest information about our exhibits, upcoming events, and programs.