Common Lousewort (Pedicularis canadensis)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Common Lousewort
Pedicularis canadensis
Scrophulariaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The roots are blood tonic, cardiac and stomachic[257]. A tea is used in the treatment of stomach aches, ulcers, diarrhoea, anaemia and heart troubles[222, 257]. A poultice of the root is applied to swellings, sore muscles and tumours[218, 257].

    The finely grated roots were secretly added to food as an alleged aphrodisiac[222].

    An infusion of the leaves has been used to procure an abortion[257]. An infusion of the fresh or dried leaves has been used to treat a sore throat[257].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves – cooked[105, 161, 177, 257].

  • Cautionary Notes

    The plant is said to be poisonous to sheep[274].

Cultivation & Habitat

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[200]. Division of established plants might be possible in the spring. Establish the divisions near the parent plants[200]
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[200]. It requires a moist peaty soil and the presence of host grasses[1]. The plant is said to parasitize at least 80 different species in 35 different genera[274]. Requires a partially shaded to sunny site in a well-drained gritty but moist soil[200].
Eastern N. America – Nova Scotia to Manitoba, south to northern Mexico and east to Florida.

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