Pacific Silverweed : Argentina pacifica
The prized portion of this native food is its sweet roots, which are said to taste like sweet potatoes or parsnips (but its cute small yellow flowers are delicate and delightful as well). The roots are bitter when raw, but lose most of their bitterness when steamed or roasted.
This native likes moist ground and grows prolifically along our Northwest coastal waters and east of the Cascade Mountains. However, it is equally at home in open woods, hillsides and transition zones. Often, it is found in moist meadows, marsh edges and usually not too far from the coast; sandy beaches and dunes, from low to middle elevations.
Although this species can be considered weedy, it will colonize a wetland-riparian zone.
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