Indian Pipe is all over the place

Indian Pipe

Indian Pipe, monotropa uniflora

My second favorite wildflower, the Indian Pipe, is blooming right now. It is a really good year for this unique wildflower and it’s all over the place over at the Vermilion Gorge Hiking Trail. (stayed tuned for my #1 favorite wildflower)

monotropa uniflora

monotropa uniflora

Ever wonder what the nodding heads of Indian Pipe hides? Here is a damaged flower that was lying on the trail. I would never pick any of these wild plants – they’re just too rare and delicate to disturb. They require very specialized soil ingredients in just the right balance to grow and thrive.

The flowering plant is completely white because they require no chlorophyll to grow – chlorophyll is the component that makes plants green.

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