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ConnerH
May 19, 2017 7:40 AM CST
Me and my dad are cleaning up a harden and have seen hundreds of these white bulbs. What are they?
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
May 19, 2017 8:15 AM CST
It looks like the root of Betony...

Want to add that Betony is edible. Let me find some info.
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
May 19, 2017 8:26 AM CST
Looking around, it appears it can be one of several different species of Betony. Where are you?

Here's some info for Florida Betony
Florida Betony (Stachys floridana)
http://www.eattheweeds.com/flo...
https://tedmanzer.com/2011/11/...
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ConnerH
May 19, 2017 3:41 PM CST
Im in georgia
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
May 19, 2017 4:19 PM CST
In Georgia, the Florida betony is ready to dig.
http://stonethegardener.tumblr...

I'm sorry for you if you have a garden full of this plant, there's no getting rid of it... But... It shouldn't be a problem in the summer garden... It seems to go dormant in the heat.

Now...
I've had gardens that were full of nutsedge.... That grows in the winter, AND in the summer!
In comparison, the betony shouldn't be too bad, now that the temps have warmed up.
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greene
May 19, 2017 4:23 PM CST
Yep, I agree with Betony. I pick the upper part of the plant to feed to my rabbits. Later, I dig the root-thingies (that's a technical term, right), wash them off and feed them to the rabbits. I could use them in place of potatoes in soup or stew but I have not yet done that. Like many aggressive plants, if we just eat it fast enough it will not be a problem. Whistling
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