Identifying this plant was a fun puzzle. It looks like an alien cross of asparagus and mushroom. Teller County Master Gardener, Mike Corso, provided the answer 3-4 years ago during one of his wildflower walks. This beautiful specimen inspired the posting of this photo and information. This is a mycotrophic wildflower, Pinedrops (Pterospora andromedea), as described at this web page.