Wild red asparagus, yum or yuck?

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This fun plant in the photo is called Pterospora andromedea, or Pinedrops. It is a parasitic plant that feeds off the roots of pine trees. Not that uncommon in central Oregon and other western states. I have never heard it referred to as wild red asparagus, it is not related to asparagus and it is not edible to my knowledge. More info: Plant profile for Pterospora andromedea.

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