Witch's Hair


Cuscuta (Dodder) is a genus of about 100-170 species of yellow, orange or red (rarely green) parasitic plants.

Old folk names include devil’s guts, devil’s hair, devil’s ringlet, goldthread, hailweed, hairweed, hellbine, love vine, pull-down, strangleweed, angel hair, and witch’s hair.

You will find this odd plant growing throughout the hills of Southern California. I used to think it was trash thrown off the side of the freeway.

dodder (witches hair)

Dodder (Witch's Hair)

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