Unicorn (Plant) Spotted in Maine For First Time in 130 Years
They thought it was gone for good, but then a unicorn was spotted in Bowdoin.
A unicorn plant, that is. And not just one, but a whole field! According to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, the unicorn plant, a rare flowering stem called white colic-root, had not been seen in Maine since 1887, over 130 years ago.
The flower can be found elsewhere in the United States, but rarely grows in northeastern states. It flourishes in open, moist, sandy ground and is typically associated with tall grass prairie habitats and damp, sandy meadows with little to no topsoil - a habitat rarely found up here in Maine. Granted, it may not be as rare as an actual unicorn, but it's quite the find!