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Sarcodes sanguinea Torr.
Snowplant, Snow Plant
USDA Symbol: SASA5
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
An unusual, stout, fleshy, entirely bright red plant with bracts overlapping on lower stem and curled among racemes of flowers above.
Once seen, this plant is never forgotten; the brilliant red is startling in the filtered sunlight against the dark background of the forest. Plants poke through the forest floor as snow recedes, drawing their nutrition from the rich humus.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
CA , NV , OR Native Distribution:
Southern Oregon south to southern California. Native Habitat:
In humus of coniferous woods. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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Record Modified: 2010-06-16
Research By: TWC Staff