Pedicularis lanceolata
(Swamp Lousewort)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Swamp Lousewort, Marsh Betony
    Synonyms: Pedicularis auriculata, Pedicularis pallida, Pedicularis virginica
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 2 - 7
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: August - October
    Status: Native

Pedicularis lanceolata, or Swamp Lousewort, is native to the northeastern quarter of the United States. It grows in moist open prairies, meadows and ditches. It has tall stalks of white to off-white flowers in late summer to early fall. This plant, like the rest in this genus, is considered hemi-parasitic; that means it is partially parasitic upon the plants near it.

Unlike its cousin, Pedicularis canadensis, which has mostly basal leaves, Pedicularis lanceolata has opposite leaves along its tall stems. The plant is also easily differentiated by the fact that it has solid white to off-white flowers and blooms in the fall rather than spring.

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