Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva) - Montana's State Flower

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Arturo García on August 7, 2007

Dear Eve:

It calms me that the bite is not mortal for you that I suppose you a healthy girl, if not as you were going to climb over those mounts of Montana and its surroundings. In addition worrying for my friend, there was a certain egoism because I was going to lose my guide of Yellowstone before she was fulfilling her assignment of showing me the park.

Not to have any more frights, today I have remained to contemplating these little flowers that have proved the national flower of your state of Montana. Hereabouts it is not known and the most representative of the family is the genre Portulaca, known its species for "verdolagas", that someone eats in salad and is very fashionable for its high contained in omega-3 acids, so that I will have to go considering if I make competence to the rabbits and I eat "verdolagas". There is this Lewisia used? Because it of Bitter Root sounds to an possible appetizer.

Regards, Arturo.

walkaboutwest on August 7, 2007

Dear Arturo, I looked for your "verdolagas" and as it turns out, "verdolagas" is a weed in Montana which is referred to as 'common purslane'! I did not know it could be eaten, so it is nice to find it is useful, as I have continually pulled it out of my garden.

In the old days, Native American people ate root of the Bitterroot. I think they may have boiled it, but I am not sure. The eating of this plant is not encouraged because it cannot be raised commercially and is not plentiful in the wild. The scientific name of Lewisia is in honor of Meriwether Lewis, the first explorer to fully describe it in 1806.

I like to take pictures of this flower and I have at least 3 other photos, here , here and my favorite of the three is here

Best regards, Eve

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