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Indian Pipe or Ghost Plant

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Monotropa uniflora, also known as the Ghost Plant, Indian Pipe is a rare find, but grows in Michigan woods.

Monotropa Uniflora, also known as Ghost Plant or Indian Pipe is a rare find, but grows in Michigan woods.

Indian pipes are rare plants that grow in the woods of Michigan. Although they look like a fungus, they are actually flowers that lack chlorophyll. My friend Ruth, an avid gardener, called me today and said that in her 53 years she had never seen one of these plants and that one was growing in her garden. Of course I had to go there tonight and take this for ya’ll!

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  • Jim McElveen says:

    Wow, what a strange plant. My friend told me about this plant that grows wild in her yard here in Florida. We looked it up and found your site. It looks exactly the same. Thanks for sharing.

  • emilydickinsonsgarden says:

    I love this plant. In fact, I just blogged about it. The first time I came across it, I was amazed–and made the mistake of trying to pick one–turned black, of course. Everyone should have the experience, though, of finding them.

  • Rick Weston says:

    I was walking in Pleasanton Cemetary in Manistee Co. doing family research with my father and came across this unique looking plant and took a picture of it and searched for the type on the internet. I am very excited to have seen this plant because it was like nothing id seen before

  • J says:

    These are fascinating. My parents had property on an inland lake in northern Michigan, and this would come up each year in the same place. The property was also home to the Pink Ladyslipper.

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