Snow Plant
Sarcodes sanguinea

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sarcodes (sark-OH-dees) (Info)
Species: sanguinea (san-GWIN-ee-a) (Info)

Category:

Herbs

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Dollar Point, California

Markleeville, California

Twain Harte, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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positive
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Mar 27, 2014, bloodyeyeful from Oakhurst, CA wrote:

I saw three Snowplants growing side by side near the edge of Willow Creek, near Bass Lake Ca. on March 23rd. 2014

Neutral

On Oct 31, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Sarcodes sanguinea is a non-photosynthetic plant that does not require chlorophyll, which accounts for its bloody red color. It is a herbaceous and saprophylic perennial, occurring naturally in at mid-mountain range from Southern Califorinia to Oregon, and east to Nevada. The botanical name, Sarcodes sanguinea translates to 'Fleshy Blood'. The common name 'Snow Plant' refers to the fact that it emerges from the dead needle beds beneath pines when the snow melts offering moisture as the soil warms.

These plants live on decaying matter in the soil and are also believed to be parasitic to the roots of the pines. The fat, scaly stalks have long, fringed bracts from which red blooms appear from May to July. Though the asparagus-like stalks are edible, it is a protected species i... read more