Apios americana flowers

15 Aug

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In my (wild edible plants) page I ‘m adding a few  Apios Americana flower photos as these flowers are rather pleasant to the eye as well as being one of our better wild tuber plants.

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This was an important staple food in some parts of North America long ago.

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Easy to notice this plant when the flowers are on these vines though in the fall I usually become aware of their presence by seeing groundnut tubers dangling from washed out river banks, this far north I have never noticed seed pods developing on this plant.

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Here if you click on the photo you will see the Apios americana vines climbing over these spent Daylily flower stocks with a bed of Jerusalem Artichoke in the background, so we have 3 good tuber plants together in this one. ciao

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5 Responses to “Apios americana flowers”

  1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words August 15, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    I would grow them because they are pretty…
    what do they taste like? and is it the flower or the tubules you eat..” or both
    This is really pretty…think I can find it here?
    Thanks…again a good post
    Take Care…
    )0(
    maryrose..

    • 1left August 15, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

      maryrose, Apios Americana does grow in 17 counties in eastern Texas and 1 county in west central Texas. The tubers and seeds are edible cooked and some websites claim the flowers are as well though I haven’t seen enough solid info to try the flowers myself. People with allergies to peanuts or peas should best avoid this plant as an edible.
      The flowers are striking and the scent is like a sweet hay. ciao

      • LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words August 15, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

        Thank you I will look for where it is available…
        I appreciate the info….
        )0(

      • kim clendenin August 19, 2016 at 10:22 pm #

        I live in northwestern ohio and found this growing wild in my yard crawling up a small spruce tree by a patch of lily of the valleys. I have never seen it before. Is this odd, or will it normally grow here? I like it.

      • 1left August 19, 2016 at 11:09 pm #

        Apios americana is found in a few counties in Northwestern Ohio though it is more common in the eastern half of the state. It does grow as far west as Colorado but is most common in the North east and Great Lake areas. It usually grows best near brooks or wet areas and can flower very well when it finds the right spot, it sometimes moves into new areas by flood waters moving its tubers around.

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