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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: In Water
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 36 - 72 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Water gardens
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Suitable for forage
Eating Methods: Raw
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Needs specific temperature: fluctuating temperatures
Other info: seeds are minute
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Monoecious
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

ATP Podcast #15: Edible Wild PlantsATP Podcast #15: Edible Wild Plants
By dave on April 24, 2013

In this episode, Dave and Trish talk about their favorite wild edible plants, the kinds of plants you might come across as you walk through the woods. Many of the plants on this list are sure to surprise you!

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Dec 7, 2013 10:34 AM

Native in the Pacific Northwest and much of North America, found in marshes, ponds, and ditches. Food source for many marsh animals - wrens, blackbirds, waterfowl and muskrats.

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