Friday’s Seeds – Pedicularis

Pedicularis is an interesting, large and varied genus of hemi-parasitic species – now part of Fam. Orobanchaceae.  Included are many attractive species, unfortunately not easy to germinate/cultivate – which makes them even more desirable! Too bad these beautiful plants have such a ‘lousy’ common name – louseworts!

The seeds are quite variable as well, although I can only show four species. I’ve added google plant images links (in red) for those curious.

Pedicularis atropurpurea


Pedicularis atropurpurea seeds


Pedicularis sceptrum-carolinum, the Moor-king lousewort


Pedicularis sceptrum-carolinum seeds

Pedicularis nordmanniana


Pedicularis nordmanniana seeds


Pedicularis oederi


Pedicularis oederi


Their general common name: louseworts, allude to ancient beliefs that they would induce lice infestations in livestock.
I started some sowing experiments last year and I’m happy to continue.