Pedicularis Groenlandica (Elephant’s Head) Seeds


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Pedicularis Groenlandica is one of several pedicularis species used as a muscle relaxer, anxiety remedy and an aphrodisiac. Nicknamed “Elephant Head”, this species has clusters of large purple blooms.  Pedicularis Groenlandica is a separate species from pedicularis grandiflora, which goes by the same common name. Pedicularis Groenlandica  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 Pedicularis Groenlandica  seeds. We also offer other pedicularis seeds and dried herb, including wildcrafted pedicularis densiflora (Indian Warrior) flower buds.

Growing Information: Pedicularis Groenlandica 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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