Note: The Snow Plant is federally protected and anyone caught disturbing this plant is subject to a $500 fine.
Featured Plant: The Snow Plant
Nativity: Native (CA,NV,OR)
Growth Form: Flower
Flowering Season: April - July
Description: Come early spring Snow Plants push through the snow cover in the upper mountain forests. Due to lack of green leaves Snow Plants do not photosynthesize, instead they absorbs nutrients from the surrounding decaying organic matter.
Habitat: Coniferous, Mixed-deciduous Forest
Elevation: 3600-9800 ft. (1100-3000 m)
Height: 6 - 12 in.
Flowers: Glandular-hairy, Red Bracts
Photos courtesy of Gary A. Monroe