New Yosemite Notes Video Out – Snow Plants

The snow plant is an interesting bit of flora. You can see them as you hike along many Yosemite trails. I see a few on the way to Half Dome. They are the small red ones that are often solitary or in very small clumps.

Snow Plants

Snow Plants

Steven M. Bumgardner, an expert film maker has made most (if not all) of Yosemite’s Nature Notes. “Snow Plants,” the latest episode is now out and viewable. The snow plant, or it’s botanical name, “Sarcodes Sanguinea,” is found throughout California, northern Baja, Mexico, and Southern Oregon. They thrive between 4,000 and 8,000 feet. Many animals and insects feed on the pollen and nectar of the snow plant, including hummingbirds and bees.

They are found in Yosemite Valley, the Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point, the Wawona Road, Tioga Road, and near the Porcupine Creek Trailhead.

Kudos to Steve!!


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “When I discovered a new plant, I sat down beside it for a minute or a day, to make its acquaintance and hear what it had to tell… I asked the boulders I met, whence they came and whither they were going.” – John Muir

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One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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One Response to New Yosemite Notes Video Out – Snow Plants

  1. Maureen L says:

    Almost anywhere there are red fir, there can be snow plants.

    The fungus that they need is symbiotic with red fir.

    I saw quite a few last week on the hike to Ostrander Lake off the Glacier Point Road.

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