Springing up stream side

26 May

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An early evening walk looking for Morel mushrooms and again I’m not noticing any which makes for another opportunity to focus on some of the other things going on. Here is a small plant that caught my eye and at first I suspected it to be a Twisted Stalk (Streptopus amplexifolius), but after comparing my photo to other google images of that plant it seemed I better look at a few more images of other wild lily family members and the one which seemed the most probable match is called Little Merrybells (Uvularia sessilifolia). I must admit the long hanging flowers do appear quite joyous but that is not enough to say with certainty the identity of this little one.

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This one I do know well and I needed to place my camera on the ground for you to see the open flower under the large umbrella-like leaves of this Nodding Trillium (Trillium cernuum).

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Orpine this evening is starting to show why a few of us on the east coast consider it a prime wild lettuce.

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Here is a plant I decided to eat soon after this photo was taken as I couldn’t recall the taste of Blackberry shoots and I rarely see them at this stage, less than a foot tall. The outer stem surface needs to be peeled before sampling, the interior is light green, firm with a nice tart crunch.

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These 2 False Solomon Seal plants with their heads bend over and chewed up leaves looks like they just went toe to toe for 15 rounds, not a pretty sight, hopefully they will recover soon. ciao

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4 Responses to “Springing up stream side”

  1. myediblebackyard May 26, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    I did’t know aout eating blackberry shoots. I will definitely try that.

    • 1left May 26, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

      The peeled shoots are usually eaten raw or you can add them to a stir-fry, Large thick caned Rubus members mostly provide the best shoots for eating. On the west coast of Canada they also gather the early stem sprouts from the large Rubus Salmonberry which is still a popular wild food.

  2. 62nd Parallel North May 27, 2014 at 12:55 am #

    wow! we have very similar plants! canada might be the finland of america, and finalnd the european canada…

    • 1left May 27, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

      Yes, many plants and mushrooms we share, I’ve enjoyed seeing some of these foods on your blog along with the names they are known as in Finland. cheers

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