Saturday, August 1, 2009

Canadian Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger
We believe the plant with the heart-shaped leaves in the bottom right is a Canadian Wild Ginger (Asarum Canadense). Also known as Canadian Snakeroot, it grows in rich woodland soil in eastern North America. According to one source, the leaves should not be eaten. The roots have been traditionally used as a flavoring, as well as a medicinal herb by Native Americans.

There are warnings over the concentrations of the carcinogen aristolochic acid in the roots. Aristolochic acid has been linked to a disease known as Balkan Nephropathy. Since the cases are listed in Europe, I don't know how valid the information is. In any case, consuming Wild Ginger may not be good for you.

The other plants we have not identified yet. I am curious about the plant right above the ginger but I don't know if we will figure that out right now.

More Info: WikipediaUSDAWild Ginger FarmAmerican Beauties
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1 comment:

  1. above right with the pretty 3 leaves is probably hog peanut.
    above to the left is some kind of violet

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