The bright red flowers of Indian warrior stand out among all other vegetation where they grow, making them easy to recognize, familiar, and much-loved. Native only in Oregon and California, this perennial wildflower is in the broomrape family, and like other plants in the genus Pedicularis, it is parasitic. Indian warrior attaches to the roots of other plants, most often plants in the health family, like manzanita and madrone, in order to obtain nutrients and water. It is considered a hemiparasite because parasitism isn’t necessary for its survival, but it takes the opportunity to parasitize when it can in order to increase its survivability and vigor. Indian warrior grows at low elevations in oak woodland, mixed conifer forest and chaparral throughout its range. Indian warrior has mostly fern-like basal leaves, but smaller leaves grow along the flowering stems that grow 6″-24″ tall. The spiked flower head contains fiery red bracts that are longer than the flowers. Indian warrior has multiple medicinal properties and is sometimes over-harvested in the wild for herbal medicine. Grow Indian warrior from seed near likely host plants, such as manzanita and madrone. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant.
Seed Germination Instructions
30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow in fall. Hemiparasite, needs host plant to thrive. Parasitic on members of the heath family, such as manzanita or madrone.