Amazing plant has no chlorophyll; get more news from Master Gardeners

Indian pipe Monotropa Uniflora
Indian pipe Monotropa Uniflora. Photo courtesy Norman D. Davis,

In this month’s edition of WNY Gardening Matters, find out about a wild plant that grows without using photosynthesis.

The Indian pipe Monotropa Uniflora is totally white because it lacks chlorophyll. It grows in dense, deeply shaded, wet and humus-rich
forests. See the article to find out how it gets its nutrients.

This issue also has tips on what gardeners can do this month, plus an introduction to kokedama, a type of bonsai grown in a ball of soil.

WNY Gardening Matters is produced by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County.





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