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Pedicularis sceptrum carolinum - L.

Common Name Lousewort
Family Scrophulariaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Fens, wet woods and river banks[50]. Swampy places[178].
Range Europe.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Pedicularis sceptrum carolinum Lousewort


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Pedicularis sceptrum carolinum is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft). It is in flower in August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Bog Garden; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Young plant - raw or cooked[178].

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Medicinal Uses

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Carminative  Resolvent

Carminative, resolvent[178].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

A semi-parasitic plant, growing on grass roots. This is a rather difficult species 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]. Requires a partially shaded to sunny site in a well-drained gritty but moist soil[200].

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Propagation

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]

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

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Pedicularis arcticaArctic lousewortPerennial0.0 0-0  LMHSNM10 
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Pedicularis langsdorffiiLousewort, Langsdorf's lousewort, Arctic lousewortPerennial0.0 0-0  LMSNM10 
Pedicularis longiflora tubiformis Annual0.2 -  LMHSNM02 
Pedicularis oliveriana Perennial0.5 -  LMHSNM02 
Pedicularis pyramidata Perennial0.0 -  LMHSNM02 
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Pedicularis sudeticaLousewort, Sudetic lousewort, Pacific lousewortPerennial0.3 0-0  LMHSNM20 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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