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Pedicularis lanata Cham. & Schltdl.
Pedicularis kanei Durand
Uses: Edible (entire plant)
Flower: Pink or pinkish purple to white, many-flowered inflorescence
Leaves: Reddish-brown to green narrow, long serrated leaves
Root: Thick long yellow taproot
Woolly Lousewort Description and Information
Also known as the bumble-bee flower (Ipchuk by the Iñupiat), wooly lousewort is one of the early blooming wildflowers in Alaska, this pinkish flower is frequently seen in late May or early June in the Alaska interior. The woolly stem grows to be 5–25 cm (2–10 in) tall, from a starchy taproot. The wool helps to keep warm air around the young plant.
Woolly lousewort is usually seen with a single stem but can have up to three and occasionally more. The entire plant is edible, often collected in the fall and fermented in water, the root boiled or roasted, tasting similar to a carrot. Woolly lousewort can grow in wet muskeg to dry, rocky alpine meadows. Not typically found south of the Alaska Range.
Woolly lousewort is similar to the arctic hairy lousewort, Pedicularis dasyantha.
Field Guide to Alaskan Wildflowers, Pratt, Verna E. pg 23
Pedicularis kanei, ITIS Report 2020
Pedicularis lanata, Alaskawildflowers.us
Wildflowers, National Park Service: Bering Land Bridge
The Iñupiaq name for the bumble bee flower has been lost, Alaskan-Natives.com