Spooky flower


September 2, 2022

Jana Peterson

Pine Knot editor Jana Peterson spied these pinkish-white Indian Pipe flowers along a trail at the Cloquet Forestry Center last week. Also sometimes called a "ghost flower" or "corpse flower," the Indian Pipe can grow in the darkest forests because it has no chlorophyll and doesn't depend on photosynthesis. Not a fungus, it is a parasitic plant that survives by using nutrients from decaying plant matter and other plants, according to gardeningknowhow.com and other websites. This relative of the blueberry is commonly found near dead stumps or near beech trees, which also prefer damp, cool soi...

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