Distribution: Widely distributed across Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to Montana, Colorado and New Mexico.
Habitat: Coniferous forests at mid-elevations in the mountains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Glabrous, fibrous-rooted perennial from a woody base, the stems clustered, 1.5-5 dm. tall.
Leaves alternate, the lowermost much reduced, the others well-distributed along the stems, sub-sessile, lanceolate to linear-oblong, 4-10 cm. long and 5-15 mm. wide, doubly serrate, the secondary teeth inconspicuous.
Inflorescence a lax, elongate raceme, the lower flowers often in the leaf axils, the middle and upper bracts progressively smaller and less leaf-like; calyx deeply cleft below into 2 oblique, broad-based segments, each with an acuminate tip; corolla purplish-pink to white, 1-1.5 cm. long, bilabiate, the hooded upper lip strongly arched and tapering into a slender, down-curved beak which often touches the prominent, shallowly3-lobed lower lip; stigma capitate.
Capsule glabrous, flattened, curved.
Pedicularis racemosa is the only species in our area that does not have pinnate or pinnatifid leaves.