A trip last week to Washington’s Olympic National Park afforded me the opportunity to revisit some favourite species, including today’s elephanthead lousewort. These plants were growing on one of the infrequently-accessible wet turf slopes that can be found along the upper reaches of Hurricane Ridge Road.
Named after Greenland, the species can be found through much of northern Canada and Greenland at low to moderate elevations, as well as throughout much of western USA and Canada, where it can be found at moderate to high elevations. It is a species associated with wet areas. I think my first encounter with it was while navigating a wet meadow in Banff National Park, where I was quite distracted trying to discern what plant had these strange purplish-green leaves.
Additional photographs of Pedicularis groenlandica are provided by the Burke Museum.