|Close-up of Indian Breadroot © SB|
The root is edible — no surprise, given its name — and is said to be rich in starch and sugar (Jennings).
On the recent Prairie Passages Tour in SW Saskatchewan, we found Breadroot growing in several places in the Val Marie PFRA Pasture and in Grasslands National Park.
Its formal name is Psoralea esculenta, and it's related to the later blooming Silverleaf Psoralea, one of my favourite blue prairie wildflowers.
Indian Breadroot has lupine-like leaves and densely clustered flowers, and grows in the high, dry prairie grassland and slopes of the south-central and south-west part of Saskatchewan.
|Furry cluster |
of Indian Breadroot flowers © SB
|Indian Breadroot in prairie grasses © SB|
Prairie Wildflower: Indian Breadroot (Psoralea esculenta)
Photo Location: Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada
Photo Dates: June 25, 2013