This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I am reminded by the note of Mrs. D. W., Sum-merville, S. C, in the December number of the Gardener's Monthly, who describes a " Curious Fungi," in form like an English snowdrop, of another curious plant which is known in Virginia to botanists as Orobanche uniflora, or popu-larty, One-flowered Cancer-root. It is also known by the Colored race as Dutchman's pipe. It is a leafless parasite on the roots of trees and shrubs, and is from six to eight inches high, and when it first sends up the scaly scapes from its irregularly knobby root, they are of a delicate wax-like hue, changing from exposure to the air and light to a tough dingy yellow. This plant delights in very shady situations, and has but a very slight attachment by its root, to the substance on which it grows. It is found under pine trees generally, and is in flower in the middle or beginning of May, and soon fades when culled. Barton in his Medical Botany, gives a full description of this little plant, and a very accurate plate of it.