Common Lousewort (Pedicularis sylvatica)

IOMWildFlowers

Port Erin, Isle of Man

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This plant is relatively uncommon on the island as it needs a very specific habitat. It can be found around Eary Cushlin, but is easy to miss as it grows very close to the ground.

Lousewort gets its name from the belief that it would cause lice if eaten by livestock. It might actually be an appropriate name as lousewort survives by taking nutrients from the roots of other plants.

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