As you can see, this plant has no chlorophyll, therefore it must get its energy from elsewhere. It's not a direct parasite of tree roots as was once thought, but instead is parasitic on fungi that are mycorrhizal on trees. It's a very complex relationship that is better described here. This complex relationship does make it very difficult, if not impossible, to grow this plant in a garden or pot or anywhere except in the woodlands where all the parts of the puzzle are present.
|The plants turn brown at the end of the summer|
|The brown pods produce lots of seeds|