Indian pipe is really a fascinating plant that is native to North America and found right here along the Frog Trail at the Irving Nature Park! It is a unique ghostly looking plant that appears translucent, and when in flower, vaguely resembles a smoker’s pipe. It is a parasitic plant meaning it gets its nutrients from other living plants! Indian pipe can grow in the darkest of forests, as it lacks chlorophyll and does not depend on sunlight. Other environments where you will find Indian pipe growing include shady woods with rich, moist soil and in areas of decaying leaves.

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