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Wood betony

Pedicularis canadensis

Description:

Also known as beefsteak plant, Canadian lousewort, high heal-all, and snaffles, it is found in thickets and dry, open wooded areas. It is a parasite, attaching to the roots of diverse species. Eaten by Iroquois as a vegetable, like spinach, it was also used by early Canadian settlers in soup. It was added to oats and used as horse feed by Native Americans.

Habitat:

Elk Knob State Park

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Maria dB
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Maria dB

North Carolina, USA

Spotted on May 25, 2014
Submitted on Jun 27, 2014

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