12 responses to “Pedicularis groenlandica”

  1. Sandyin Z4

    Wow! Your closeup pic really makes clear the name elephanthead. Thanks so much for all the neat things you and others find!

  2. Christopher B.

    Amazing photographs.
    Are the the white flowers in the foreground some type of Spiranthes orchid? The two colors look great together.

  3. Alice Jordon

    I just love elephant head. Haven’t seen it in forever!

  4. Daniel Mosquin

    Christopher, I’m fairly certain those are Habenaria (Platanthera) dilatata, aka white rein-orchid or bog candle.

  5. Peony Fan

    Thanks for the great photos. Purple elephant heads! Who knew?

  6. Wendy Cutler

    I’m glad Christopher asked. I just assumed they were white elephants.

  7. Diana Ferguson

    Thanks so much for this Daniel – nothing better than seeing something you’ve never seen before.

  8. elizabeth a airhart

    wonderful picture for this mornings treat thank you daniel
    will you visit the dam in september when they start to restore the river? the usda link is a nice one of the botanical drawings is from 1913 bonjour

  9. Daniel Mosquin

    Elizabeth, I took a brief and interesting tour of one of the greenhouses where they were growing native plants for restoration after the dams are removed on the Elwha. I don’t think I’ll get a chance to go back this year, though.

  10. claire cerling-hanson

    Thank you for some lovely photographs of one of my favorite wildflowers–one of the first I was introduced to as a child in the Wasatch Mountains. I get excited to this day when I find them, though in the years since I’ve become enamored of many of our native plants, along with the plant kingdom in general!

  11. Eric Simpson

    Reminiscent of Dumbo’s hallucination.-)

  12. Sarah

    I’m glad you were able to take a good picture of this plant. They have such detail and depth that is hard to capture.

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