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A picture of a Marsh Lousewort

Marsh Lousewort

Pedicularis palustris

Also known as

Red Rattle, European Purple Lousewort

Pedicularis palustris by Hans Hillewaert (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering

Expected size







  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Marsh Lousewort

A close up of some purple Pedicularis palustris flowers and green leaves
A close up of a purple Pedicularis palustris flower
A Pedicularis palustris plant in a field of tall grass
Some Pedicularis palustris plants with purple flowers growing in the wild

Marsh Lousewort Overview

Pedicularis palustris is a herbacous perennial in the Orobanchaceae family. It has an upright habit and produces branching stems bearing feathery, fern-like foliage and attractive, tubular purple flowers. It typically grows to around 60cm in height and is commonly found across the east of the UK.

Special features of Marsh Lousewort

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Marsh Lousewort

Wildflower/meadow, partly parasitic.