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Monotropa uniflora

Monotropa uniflora

I have long been interested in herbs, healing plants, and natural healing. I read, research, look through beautiful books, read some more, plant a little, try a few herbs, but I haven’t learned nearly enough to feel confident in this area. I hope to work to change that. I plan to document my journey with herbs here, mostly what I find in my own yard, what I plan to grow, and the created end result.

Over the summer my younger daughter (who is now officially an adult) asked to borrow my camera to take some pictures of a plant she discovered while searching in our little wooded back yard. When she returned to show me the pictures I can’t tell you how excited I was! For 3 years or so I had been reading everything I could about Monotropa uniflora, also known as ghost plant (sometimes ghost pipe), Indian pipe or corpse plant. It is a perennial flower, a white perennial flower, with a white stem. It is incredible to see it in person! We are so blessed to have it in our own yard. At first we thought it was only the one plant, but when we went searching for it, we discovered several patches growing throughout our little woods. On July 14, I harvested a couple of plants (I left the roots to encourage more growth next year) from each healthy patch (I left smaller patches alone) and made a tincture. The white plant turns the vodka purple! I left the cut up Indian pipe in the vodka until a few days ago when I strained it and bottled up the tincture. I started using it immediately.

I’m excited to be on this journey of learning with my miracles. My 4 year old grandson can identify Indian pipe (he calls it Ghost pipe) and knows not to touch it and to protect it. He so easily learns the names of all the herbs and plants we discover and successfully identifies them in other locations and in books. I can’t wait to see what he becomes as the years progress. His love of nature and all living things melts my heart.