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Little Elephant's Head
Pedicularis attollens
About Little Elephant's Head (Pedicularis attollens) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Pedicularis attollens is a species of flowering plant in the broomrape family known by the common name little elephant's head. It is native to Oregon and California, where it grows in moist mountainous areas such as meadows and bogs. It is a perennial herb growing up to 60 centimeters in maximum height with one or more stems emerging from a caudex. The leaves are comblike, divided into many linear lobes. The inflorescence is a raceme occupying the top of the stem. The sepals of the flowers and the bracts between them are woolly. The flower is under a centimeter long and divided into a curving trunklike upper lip and a three-lobed lower lip. It is pink or purplish in color with darker stripes. The fruit is a capsule up to a centimeter long containing seeds with netlike surfaces.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

2 ft tall

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 8.1" - 119.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.43" - 4.10", Coldest Month: 19.6" - 49.4", Hottest Month: 39.4" - 75.4", Humidity: 0.70" - 24.08", Elevation: 352" - 12995"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Attol Lousewort, Little Elephant Heads, Little Elephant's-head, Little Elephantshead

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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