Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Knows to the Ground

Wild Ginger
Some flowers get your attention, others you have to really look for, and are worth the effort. Wild Ginger-Asarum canadense in the family of Birthwort (Aristolochiaceae). Love the real names. Your gonna have to bend over and put your nose to the ground to see this one because the flowers are at ground level.

What was mother nature thinking, you ask, Hannah knows. The flowers are pollinated by ground insects like beetles. You'll find them by looking for the big heart shaped green leaves. This plant is not for stir-frys but they say the root when crushed has the ginger fragrance.

Please do not try this since you must not dig or pick wild flowers.

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