Plant of the week: Orogenia linearifolia (Indian Potato or Turkey Peas)

A member of the carrot/parsley family, Orogenia is only a couple of inches tall with a root that goes much deeper. The petals are white but the anthers and the top of the ovary are dark purplish, giving the look of salt and pepper.

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Indian Potato

Tuber-like roots can be used raw sliced and fried, or boiled. Grows in open sites and often in sandy or gravelly soil from valleys to foothills and mid-montane zones. The images shown are from populations growing along the Kirkham/AMI trail in Pocatello. Take a walk soon and look for them as they will be gone in the next couple of weeks.

Indian Potato

Indian Potato