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NC Native Plant Society:
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Pedicularis canadensis

Eastern Lousewort, Canadian Lousewort, Forest Lousewort, Wood-betony

Scientific Name:

Pedicularis canadensis

Genus:

Pedicularis

Species Epithet:

canadensis

Common Name:

Eastern Lousewort, Canadian Lousewort, Forest Lousewort, Wood-betony

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orobanchaceae (Broomrape Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Red, Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

“Moist to dry forests and woodlands, streambanks.” (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont, uncommon in Sandhills and Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Not Assigned

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Blooming Plant

image

Max Patch 2001

Blooming Plants

This is a white variety.

image

Tom Harville's garden, April 2004
© Tom Harville

Inflorescence is a compact spike of hooded yellow to reddish-purple colored flowers.

Macon County, NC

The Scientific Name is Pedicularis canadensis. You will likely hear them called Eastern Lousewort, Canadian Lousewort, Forest Lousewort, Wood-betony. This picture shows the Inflorescence is a compact spike of hooded yellow to reddish-purple colored flowers. of Pedicularis canadensis

Bettina Darveaux

Macon County, NC

The Scientific Name is Pedicularis canadensis. You will likely hear them called Eastern Lousewort, Canadian Lousewort, Forest Lousewort, Wood-betony. This picture shows the  of Pedicularis canadensis

Bettina Darveaux

The alternate, simple leaves are highly dissected into pairs of pinnate lobes

Macon County, NC

The Scientific Name is Pedicularis canadensis. You will likely hear them called Eastern Lousewort, Canadian Lousewort, Forest Lousewort, Wood-betony. This picture shows the The alternate, simple leaves are highly dissected into pairs of pinnate lobes of Pedicularis canadensis

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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