Plant Care Elephant's-Head


Also known as

elephanthead lousewort, little-red-elephants, pink-elephants, elephant's-head lousewort, Greenland lousewort, bull elephant's-head, little red elephants, long-beaked pedicularis and pink elephants


Pedicularis groenlandica

How to care for Elephant's-Head


How often to water your Elephant's-Head

Water needs for Elephant's-Head
0.5 cups
every 9

Elephant's-Head needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Elephant's-Head in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Elephant's-Head: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Elephant's-Head love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Elephant's-Head does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Elephant's-Head

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Elephant's-Head: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Elephant's-Head after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs

Care Summary for Elephant's-Head


Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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