04 Apr 12
Squawroot When you think of spring wildflowers you usually picture bright green leaves supporting pretty, colorful petals. What you don’t imagine is a little wildflower called squawroot. While squawroot is not a particularly "pretty" plant, it is quite interesting. Squawroot is a parisitic plant that makes it's living off the roots of oak trees, therefore it does not need to produce energy using chlorophyll and sunlight. It has no green color and can live in complete shade. It resembles a corncob or pine cone sticking up out of the ground, and therefore is often ignored by the hiker. This little plant grows in small clusters and can be found throughout hardwood forests of eastern North America. So next time your hiking and come across this strange looking little wildflower, take a minute to stop and observe this often overlooked plant.