Saturday, August 20, 2011

The rise of the ghost pipes

Until this last week, I'd never seen ghost pipes -- the rare, chlorophyll-less plants -- in person. These popped up at our home in Maine, and they seem to be lasting several days. Below you can see how they seem eventually to uncurl so the blossom faces upward.

-- Catherine Petroski for Town & Country

AN UPDATE: Labor Day Weekend -- we are about to head back to Durham and I wanted to report that the three clumps of ghost pipes are still here...all quite straightened out now, despite Irene's rains. Amazing that they last so long!

1 comment:

Heritage Garden Club said...

These are interesting plants Catherine. I hope you will tell us more at the Sept meeting.