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Feb 2006 LOUSEWORT
N. Walker

Lousewort is a member of the Scrophulariaceae family - a very large family that includes Mullein, Turtlehead, Beardtongues, The plant develops during the spring and is gone by mid June. The name came from a former misconception that cattle became infested with lice as a result of contact with the plant. The flower head formation is unusual and attention-getting because the individual flowers bloom in a spiral-shaped formation around the outside of the flower head, in a geometric pattern somewhat like a pine cone.