|Smartweed, along a Saskatchewan slough. © SB|
This native prairie plant turns ditches and sloughs rose pink some years in July. Smartweed is also (Vance/Jowsey) a common food for ducks.
The seeds of Marsh Smartweed are edible — nutty flavoured, according to Plants of Alberta, whose authors Royer/Dickinson say that Smartweed seeds have been found in several Native archaeological digs, leading to suggestions that the plant was cultivated for its food value.
While I took this picture, Black Terns screeched and dived, mouths full of prairie dragonflies.
Prairie Wildflower: Smartweed — Water or Marsh (Polygonum amphibium, and other names)
Location: Along the edge of a slough, north of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo Date: August 10, 2012.