Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, loam
Bloom Time: April, May, June
Bloom Color: yellow, red, crimson
Leaf Color: gray-green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: medicinal, ornamental foliage, shade garden plant, woodland plant
Pricing & Availability
Pedicularis canadensisAlso known as:
Pedicularis canadensis is a deciduous perennial with interesting, feathery fern-like foliage. The yellow-pink-maroon flowers spin out in whorls at the end of 12" stalks. Each flower is surrounded by many green bracts giving the inflorescence an interesting multi-colored pattern.
A woodland native, found in the eastern 2/3 of North America, Canadian lousewort enjoys acidic, well drained soils in full to part shade. It is semi-parasitic and gets some of its nutrients from the roots of neighboring plants. We are currently researching what species make good host plants. Blooms April through June. Zones 3-8
Propagate from seed or division in spring.
The genus common name, lousewort, is derived from the missbelief that animals grazing on this plant would contract lice. Root infusions have been used as a gastrointestinal aid.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV
|Species||Pedicularis canadensis||Canadian lousewort|