Connecticut Plants
Hairy Pinesap
Hypopitys lanuginosa (Michx.) Nutt.

Hairy pinesap used to be classified with pinesap as a single species, but the Connecticut Botanical Society now considers them to be separate species. Hairy pinesap has red or pink stems and tends to bloom in the fall; pinesap has pale yellow flowers and blooms in the summer. Both plants lack chlorophyll, so they cannot obtain energy from sunlight. Instead, they get their nutrients from fungi in the soil.

  • Synonyms: Monotropa lanuginosa
  • Family: heath (Ericaceae)
  • Habitat: woods, especially around oaks
  • Height: 4 to 15 inches
  • Flower size: 1/2 inch long
  • Flower color: pale yellow and red
  • Flowering time: late August to October
  • Origin: native