Pedicularis lanceolata Michx.
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.
Meadows, fields, shores, and marshes.
Attractive to bees and a variety of other insects.
Leaves were cooked and eaten as a vegetable by North American aboriginals.