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Yosemite Nature Notes: Neon Red Psychedelic Asparagus


One of the most unusual plants in the far West is the snow plant, a brilliant red stalk of vegetation that some refer to as a "neon red psychedelic asparagus."

The following video by Steven M. Bumgardner helps you understand how that description was tagged onto this most unusual looking plant that can be found in Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks.


That was a very cool video and now I want to go to Yosemite to photograph the snow plant! it may be parasitic and "...take but not give back...", but I think it *does* give something: (aside from nectar for the bees and hummingbirds) I think it gives a lovely dose of bright red color to those who notice it, during a time of the year when there are not many other flowers around.

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