Indian Cucumber Root
Other common names:
Lily Family (Liliaceae), (Lily-of-the-Valley Family (Convallariaceae))
Whorls of leaves. Yellow flowers hanging down.
Starflower (Lysimachia borealis) - has small white flowers, not hanging down.
Summer; Yellow; 6 parts (petals); Yellow, small, hanging down. Usually only a few per palnt.
Simple (smooth-edged), in one or more whorls.
20-40 cm (8-16 in)
Weak and thin.
Forests; Open woods and forest. It doesn't like a lot of light, but neither does it like to grow in deep shade.
The tubers (roots) are edible raw. They taste somewhat like cucumber. It's not overly common, so please only harvest it where it is plentiful.
Roots are edible raw or cooked. Taste like cucumber. However, they are very small.
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 352
Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 102
ROM Field Guide to Wildflowers of Ontario: 75
The flowers are sometimes tough to photograph as they are usually draped with spider webs!
Origin and Meaning of Names:
Scientific Name: virginiana: of Virginia, Virginian
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