Aphyllon fasciculatum or Orobanche fasciculatum
(Clustered Broomrape)
Family: Orobanchaceae (Broomrape)
  
Aphyllon fasciculatum grows as a parasite on sage, such as the fringed sage in the photos. Stalks are most commonly magenta, but sometimes pale yellow. Flowers appear on clusters of 4 to 10 stalks.

Vegetation zone:  Plains, Foothills, Montane (3400 - 9500 ft.)
Time of bloom:  May - August
Origin:  Native
Eastern Colorado Wildflowers