Ericaceae
Allotropa virgata

Sugarstick

Erect, nongreen, hairless. A thick white stalk with deep red stripes that arises from the ground and persists long after seed dispersal. Flowers are bowl-shaped, white, with 5 petals and 10 stamens. Grows in mixed or conifer forests at mid- to high elevations. Flowers face upward when fresh and turn downward as the numerous seeds develop.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 5--15 in
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest
  • Found In: West Gorge, Mt. Rainier NP, N Cascades NP, Olympic NP
  • Native: Yes