Scrophulariaceae
Pedicularis groenlandica

Elephant's Head Lousewort

Single or cluster of erect stems, hairless. Basal leaves 1–10 in. long, lance-shaped, divided, with more than 25 linear toothed segments, smallest along stem. Inflorescence consists of a long spike; lower leafy bracts equal in length to flowers. Flowers light pink to darkish purple, without markings, upper hood curved down and swinging outward, looks much like elephant trunk, lower lip with spreading ear-like lobes. Grows in wet meadows, seeps, streambanks, at low to high elevations. Similar to P. attollens, which has dense hairs in the inflorescence and slightly smaller flowers with "trunk" pointing upward, not down and out.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 8--32 inches
  • Habitat: Meadow, Bog/Fen/Wetland, Subalpine, Moist Riverbanks
  • Found In: Steens, Wallowas, Crater Lake NP, N Cascades NP, Mt. Rainier NP, Olympic NP
  • Native: Yes