Sarcodes sanguinea Torr.
Snowplant, Snow Plant
Monotropaceae (Indian Pipe Family)
USDA Symbol: SASA5
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: CA , NV , OR
Native Distribution: Southern Oregon south to southern California.
Native Habitat: In humus of coniferous woods.
Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Sarcodes sanguinea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sarcodes sanguinea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sarcodes sanguinea
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-04-18
Research By: TWC Staff