Pediomelum esculenta

Indian breadroot, Pediomelum esculentum 13JN28

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characteristics

This short perennial has a starchy, tuberous root. Blooms in early summer with hairy light blue flowers in a dense spike. In the fall, the plant will detach itself and tumble across the prairie, scattering its seeds.

Also known as large Indian breadroot and prairie turnip, Pediomelum esculentum.

17,600 seeds/pound; starts from seed, container

T SSN H W sun soil H2O fire N2 pH summer fall flower (seed)
P CW 0.7 0.4 S F-M D-DM - - - green-grey grey blue violet

habitat

Fields, ditches and slopes.

uses

Durable green stems used for basket-making by North American aboriginals.

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