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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.
Elk Knob State Park
Spotted on May 25, 2014
Submitted on Jun 27, 2014