Pedicularis Grandiflora is one of several pedicularis species used as a sedative, tranquilizer, muscle relaxer and aphrodisiac. Nicknamed “Elephant Head”, this species has clusters of large pink blooms. This species grows in moist areas such as bogs and marshes. It is hemi-parasitic and feeds off the roots of a host plant. We are one of the few suppliers of these rare seeds. We also offer course ground organic plant material grown in the U.S. and wildcrafted pedicularis densiflora (Indian Warrior) flower buds. You can also check our other listings for other pedicularis seeds.
Growing Information: This is one of the more difficult seeds to germinate. Start by stratifying in a refrigerator. For seeds sown outdoors in the fall, the cold weather will naturally create this process. Mix seeds with moist sand, vermiculite, or peat moss. Silica sand is an excellent choice. For large quantities, use coarse grade vermiculite. Place your mixture in a plastic zipper bag or sealable container and store in a refrigerator (33?F). Some seeds may sprout in storage if moist stratified too long. These should be planted immediately. This species often requires a host plant because it is hemi-parasitic. Low-growing grasses and sedges are suitable choices. Examples include Sweet Grass or Buffalo Grass. They can either be planted along with the pedicularis or added after. To arrange a parasitic relationship, the seeds must be planted amongst the damaged roots of the host plant. This can be done by making an incision at the bottom of the host plant where pedicularis seeds will be planted. This can be accomplished by raking an area around the host plant as well. If the host plant has just been transplanted, this will also provide a desirable scenario for the pedicularis to attach.
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