This has to be one of the most bizarre plants in the garden and it is a native. I found it while I was clearing some ground for the Tea House. It was hiding under a large clump of Salal. It is called the ghost plant or Indian pipe. There is no green in this plant – the whole things is shades of grey, except for a tiny bit of yellow/orange on the anthers. It is very ephemeral. When the time is right, it shoots up, develops over the course of a few weeks, blooms and then disappears.
The total height of the is about 4 or 5 inches and each clump perhaps 4 inches around. Bloom time is around June each year – which is the reverse of when most websites claim it should appear. They suggest after rain follows a dry spell. They also suggest that it requires a most humus rich soil – which I certainly do not have.
It is parasitic and feeds from the certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees. When the house was built in 1993, the lot was cleared of trees. There are several stumps still in the yard, so not sure if it associated with those. The only other trees are a stand of pines. Because it obtains all of its nutrients from its hosts, it does not require chlorophyll – which explains the lack of green.