This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A lady living in Washoe Valley, Nevada, who is an excellent observer of nature and has communicated to the Editor many original observations, has been watching the Sarcodes sanguinea for some years, and last year found it growing far away - thirty or forty feet - from any tree, and believes it can be scarcely a parasite on any root. This accords with the Editor's experience in California. He, Dr. Schaffer, of Philadelphia, and Mr. John M. Hutchings, of Yosemite, dug some up carefully and found they certainly are not parasites. It is most likely they start like some fungi or half dead matter as the monotropa does.