Pedicularis groenlandica - Elephant's Head
Pedicularis groenlandica is a root parasite. This makes it difficult to nearly impossible to grow Elephant's Head as a garden plant. You would need to have an appropriate host plant for Pedicularis groenlandica to grow with as well as the proper soil conditions. This specimen was found in a South facing seep at 5000 feet in elevation in the Southern Sierra range. Odd plants get included in seed packets, often with little or no hope of establishment. On the other hand Pedicularis groenlandica should be cherished all the more in its wild setting and those habitat's that support Elephant's Head should be protected. Pedicularis groenlandica has a history of medicinal use.
High resolution photos of Pedicularis groenlandica are part of our garden image collection.