A century and a half later this relative of the blueberry is just as interesting as it is illusive in the efforts to identify and name it. This from Greg's 'The Blog of Henry David Thoreau': Thoreau's Journal: 30-Jul-1853 The tobacco-pipe has also pushed up there amid the dry leaves in the shade. It is abundant now, and here. Both stem and flowers and scales are a pure and delicate crystalline white. What to name it? Sheathed with delicate white scales.