ABOUT LISA BERRY
Brown's or Wild Peony
Great Red Paintbrush
Little Elephant's Head
Red Mountain Heather
Sierra Shooting Star
Scientific Name: Sarcodes sanguinea
Common Name: Snowplant
Color: Bright Red
Description: They begin as large asparagus-like shoots that poke through the forest floor. Long, strip-like leaves wrap tightly around the fleshy stalk until they peel back and reveal urn-shaped flowers.
Habitat: Common in shady forest up to 8,000 feet.
Edibility/Toxicity: Though some Native Americans collected it for food, it is now protected from collection and destruction by California Law, punishable by fine.
Comments: Some Native Americans also used it for tooth aches and mouth pain by drying it and then grinding it into a powder.