Pedicularis lanceolata Michx.

swamp lousewort, Pedicularis lanceolata Michx. 10AU08-03
swamp lousewort, Pedicularis lanceolata Michx. 10AU08-02

characteristics

Stems on this perennial are usually solitary. Short-stalked, fern-like leaves are finely lobed, with wavy margins. Numerous cone shaped flower spikes are situated on the upper portion of the stem. Flowers are tubular in shape with two lips; the upper lip curves downward, the lower lip functions as a landing platform for insects. Colours range from cream to yellow. Fruit is a hairy capsule. Self seeding; may form colonies. A member of the figwort family.

Lateral roots are capable of parasitizing the roots of nearby plants; grasses in particular.

T SSN H W sun soil H2O fire N2 pH summer fall flower (seed)
P W-L 0.9 0.3 S/PS F-M-C W - - limy green brown cream

habitat

Meadows, fields, shores, and marshes.

uses

Attractive to bees and a variety of other insects.

Leaves were cooked and eaten as a vegetable by North American aboriginals.

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