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Scientific Name:Pedicularis Kanei
Common Name(s): Woolly lousewort
Parts Used: root, stem, leaf
wildWoman 4 Aug, 2008
A plant of the arctic and high alpine, the young leaves and stem can be steamed and eaten as a veggie. The roots are also edible raw or cooked.
Medicinal use is of the flowering plant. An infusion of the stem, flowers and leaves acts as a mild muscle relaxant and (very mild) sedative - similar to having had a hot bath. Other Pedicularies species may have a similar effect; it is quite safe to experiment with.