Ericaceae
Sarcodes sanguinea

Snow Plant

Stout, fleshy, bright red spike emerging directly from saprophytic, brittle, hairy roots. Leaves are scale-like. Flowers are closed bells with 5 curved-back pointed tips and 5 sepals persisting after seeding. Grows in coniferous, mixed forests, at mid to high elevations, blooming as snow recedes.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 6--18 inches
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest
  • Found In: Siskiyous, Southern OR, Northern CA
  • Native: Yes