Pterospora andromedea


Erect, reddish brown, densely sticky plant with small, narrow, scale-like leaves. Spikes of many flowers on arched stalks hang from top half of stem. Petals yellow, pink, or white, fused to form urn-shaped flowers to 1/3 in. long, nearly as wide. Rounded seed capsules persist on dried darkened stems through winter. Grows in humus in mixed forests at low to high elevations. A saprophyte living in association with conifer trees and manzanita.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 12--36 inches
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest
  • Found In: Olympic Np, Mt. Rainier Np, N Cascades Np, Crater Lake Np, Wallowas, Siskiyous, West Gorge
  • Native: Yes