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Pedicularis densiflora
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Indian Warrior
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Pedicularis densiflora

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About Indian Warrior (Pedicularis densiflora) Pedicularis densiflora, known commonly as Indian warrior, is a plant of the lousewort genus in the broomrape family. It is a perennial herb with stout, green or sometimes reddish or magenta stems and fern-shaped leaves, and long spikes of deep red to bright pink flowers with toothed petals. Like others of its genus, it is a root parasite, attaching to the roots of other plants to obtain nutrients and water. This species is a facultative parasite, or hemiparasite, in that it can live without attaching to another plant but will parasitize if presented with the opportunity. It often parasitizes plants of the heath family, such as manzanita. Indian warrior is native to California and Oregon in western North America and is found in forests and woodlands at low elevation.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.8 ft (0.5 m)

Flower Color
Pink, Red

Flowering Season
Spring, Winter

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry places

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
7' - 8910'

Annual Precip. ?
10.5" - 117.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.13" - 3.43"

Coldest Month ?
29.4° F - 55.1° F

Hottest Month ?
47.3° F - 80.9° F

Humidity ?
0.03 vpd - 29.17 vpd

Soil Description

Fast, Medium, Slow

Landscaping Information
Water Requirement ?
Very Low, Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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