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propagating perennials: Monotropa uniflora-Indian Pipe, Corpse Plant
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Monotropa uniflora-Indian Pipe, Corpse Plant

Propagating Indian Pipe is almost impossible since it is not a plant but a fungus that relies on the sugars from the trees in the forest soil. It does not produce chlorophyll and is a non-photosynthesizing plant, so it does not require sunlight. It is related to blueberries and heathers so unless you live in a forest there will be no reason to propagate it or it will succumb. However its flowers and stems are all white, reminds some of Lily of the Valley, blooms in mid summer to early fall, is hardy in Zones 4-8, and grows to 6-12" in height and is native to Asia, North America and South America.

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