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Common Name: Common Lousewort
Pedicularis canadensis is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.40 metres tall.
It has edible and medicinal uses.
The plant is said to be poisonous to sheep[
Eastern N. America - Nova Scotia to Manitoba, south to northern Mexico and east to Florida.
Dry woods, thickets and clearings[
A semi-parasitic plant, growing on grass roots. Rather difficult to establish in cultivation, it is best grown in conditions that approximate to its native habitat[
]. It requires a moist peaty soil and the presence of host grasses[
]. The plant is said to parasitize at least 80 different species in 35 different genera[
]. Requires a partially shaded to sunny site in a well-drained gritty but moist soil[
Leaves - cooked[
The roots are blood tonic, cardiac and stomachic[
]. A tea is used in the treatment of stomach aches, ulcers, diarrhoea, anaemia and heart troubles[
]. A poultice of the root is applied to swellings, sore muscles and tumours[
The finely grated roots were secretly added to food as an alleged aphrodisiac[
An infusion of the leaves has been used to procure an abortion[
]. An infusion of the fresh or dried leaves has been used to treat a sore throat[
Seed - sow in pots of turf collected from the proximity of wild colonies or sow directly onto the sites where the plants are to remain[
Division of established plants might be possible in the spring. Establish the divisions near the parent plants[