Saturday, July 10, 2010

It's the Snow Plant.


I am currently not quite awake. Am I? No. I am not. Or maybe just not 100 percent coherent. Either way, check out the snow plant. I see these more or less every day but hadn't actually photographed them until this afternoon. It was about time.
Snow Plant (Sarcodes sanguinea) is an odd little thing. It has zero chlorophyll and is a parasite of conifers. So it's already got some unique stuff going for it just with that. You'll find it in the Pacific Northwest pushing out of pine needles near the base of conifers. Pretty hard to miss a bright red foot tall plant out there...(though sometimes they are more pink than red). Cool stuff.Today's Flower

19 comments:

veredit said...

This little plants looks wonderful, a beautiful colour. Thanks for the information about it - and the wonderful view on it!

biobabbler said...

Awesome. Such an amazing and unusual plant "Chlorophyll? Pthpthptpt!" I LOVE that color, and the shot from above made me catch my breath--too cool!

anthony-samson said...

Awesome, ya i like the shot from above, beautiful photo's as always Jill

Stephanie V said...

Beautiful structure to these plants...I've never seen one and I live in the Pacific Northwest. I'm just not meeting the right kind of conifers, I guess.

Maria said...

An amazing plant! Thanks for sharing!

Manang Kim said...

I like the name and the color. Very interesting plant. Happy Monday!

White peonies

LadyNoor said...

Stunning little plants, first time I see it.

Clytie said...

I have heard of these - but have never seen one. They are gorgeous! Yep, you certainly wouldn't miss these!

Phil said...

Thats a weird looking plant Jill. I guess it earns that name by poking through the snow in spring? Amazing colour.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Snow Plant,what a fascinating flower and these images are spectacular, what beauty they hold. Glad you did finally decide to photograpgh them for sharing. Take care~

NatureFootstep said...

that was an interesting plant. Good you took the time to take some pics. They really look good.

Greyscale Territory said...

Strange to call this a Snow Plant! The "snow" must relate to its cold weather lifecycle rather than a reference to colour! It almost looks like raspberries on a stalk! Fascianting!

reg said...

What a great little plant, They are so fantastic and RED

Susan L (lily40au) said...

it's absolutely beautiful ... nature is amazing.
My Ruby Redness

Spadoman said...

Cool stuff indeed! These look like Lupines. I'll look for them next time out that way, (I get there often). What time of Summer are they most prominent?
Your photos are fantastic, truly an artform.
Thanks for sharing with us.

Peace.

A 2 Z said...

How beautiful. I wold love to see it in person. Thanks for sharing.

Anne-Marie

Marice said...

oh thats what you call it! interesting!

u may view mine too here

Ann said...

It can be a parasie plant in my conifers. The flower is so beautiful.

eileeninmd said...

Pretty flowers and plant. Love the color!