Friday, September 10, 2010

The Mystery Plant Identified


The mystery plant we found growing at the Big House turns out to be a native that seems to have been dropped by a bird, or perhaps a seed was washed downstream from somewhere nearby.  Apios americana, also known as American Groundnut or Indian Potato.


  1. Thanks for letting us know. Will it stay?

  2. I'm glad you were able to find out, Tim - stuff like that can drive you nuts! (In my case, that's a very short drive.) I don't know how much you got in the way of particulars, but my Audubon Wildflower Field Guide notes that the root has edible tubers that can be used in stews and soups, or fried, and that the seeds when cooked are edible as well. The bad news is that it takes over (their words). It's found from Nova Scotia to Florida, so it's hardy for you. Just something to think about when deciding what to do....