CLIFF CFEGO | Horsemen Crossing Fleeceflower Meadow (Polygonum phytolaccaefolium)

Horsemen Crossing Fleeceflower Meadow [ click photo for next . . . ]
(Polygonum phytolaccaefolium)

Member of the Buckwheat family——notice the knot-like swellings
giving the clan its other somewhat less charming common name,
Knotweed——after the first frost of highcountry autumn, the entire
plant loses its moisture, becomes paper-like in texture, and then
turns a stunning fiery orange to rusty red. With parboiling and
stirfying, much like, say, Burdock, the finger-thick roots
of Fleeceflower are not only edible but in my opinion a real
delicacy. If there is one plant to know in the Wallowas come
fall, this is it!

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