Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 3 - 6 inches
Plant Spread: 2 inches
Leaves: Other: This plant lacks chlorophyll and has greatly reduced leaves
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring

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Posted by mellielong (Lutz, Florida - Zone 9b) on Apr 10, 2015 6:37 PM

"How to Know the Wildflowers" (1922) by Mrs. William Starr Dana says the following about this plant:

"They spring from a ball of matted rootlets, and are parasitic, drawing their nourishment from decaying vegetable matter. In fruit the plant erects itself and loses its striking resemblance to a pipe. Its clammy touch, and its disposition to decompose and turn black when handled, has earned it the name of corpse-plant. It was used by the Indians as an eye lotion, and is still believed by some to possess healing properties."

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Nov 23, 2013 2:08 AM

This plant is not dependent on sunlight and can grow in dark environments. The complex relationship with other plant forms that allows this plant to grow makes propagation difficult.

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