Indian Pipe Wildflower At My Home On Cape Cod

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The Indian Pipe wildflower is a perennial that grows to about 7 inches  and is a translucent “ghostly” white, sometimes pale pinkish-white and commonly has black flecks.  The leaves are scale-like and flecked with black on the flower stalk . The stem bears a single  3/4″ flower. It gets its nourishment from decayed organic matter and turns black when picked.

I had never seen an Indian Pipe before so it was a big treat to find so many of them in my woodsy yard.

Have you ever seen one? It does look like an Indian smoking pipe, don’t you think?

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