Stem leaf in above photo
Basal leaf in above photo
Erect plants often growing in clumps. Showy, terminal spikes of magenta flowers, flowers measured to 1 cm long, spike to 13 cm long. Flowers identify the plant, resembling an elephant's head, ears and trunk. Flowers with a slight fragrance. Lobed bract under each flower. Leaves lanceolate, pinnately lobed, leaflets serrate and leaflets often purple-tipped. Leaves reduced upwards, stem leaves with a short stalk. Basal leaf highlighted in photo above was measured at 11 cm long and 2.5 cm wide. Plants glabrous
Habitat is fens and wet meadows, Boreal forest.
Height listed in Budd's Flora to 60 cm, we measured plants to 49 cm tall.
Very rare, listed as an S1S2 by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.
Took the above photos July 3rd in a roadside wet meadow Boreal forest, about 500 km northwest of our home in Regina, SK.