Pedicularis species

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Scientific Name Pedicularis groenlandica USDA PLANTS Symbol PEGR2
Common Name Elephant Heads ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 33377
Family Orobanchaceae (Broomrape) formerly Scrophulariaceae Wildflower Center
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine; moist areas in meadows, along streams and around ponds.
Plant: Erect perennial 8 to 20 inches feet tall, purplish stems.
Leaves: Small, narrow, fleshy, leaves 2-1/2 to 8 inches long with pinnatifid, narrow, toothed lobes.
Inflorescence: Dense spike 2 to 6 inches long of 2-lipped pink or purple flowers, upper lip resembling an elephant's head with trunk curving upward.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains" by Carl Schreier, and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native
Scientific Name Pedicularis sudetica ssp. scopulorum (Pedicularis scopulorum) USDA PLANTS Symbol PESUS2
Common Name Alpine Lousewort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 524427
Family Orobanchaceae (Broomrape) formerly Scrophulariaceae Wildflower Center
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine; bogs, marshes, moist meadows and tundra.
Plant: Erect perennial less than 12 inches tall, multiple stems.
Leaves: Mostly basl, small, narrow, fleshy, leaves 1 to 3 inches long with pinnatifid, narrow, toothed lobes.
Inflorescence: Many 2-lipped rose-pink flowers in a hairy terminal raceme 1 to 2 inches long, upper lip curving downward, lower lip has 3 lobes.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Common Wetland Plants of Colorado's Southern Rocky Mountains" by Denise Culver, and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native


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