Nov. 16, 2017

golden alexanders, Zizia aurea

Golden alexanders grow mostly in damp areas. So I was a little surprised to see this one right in front of where I parked that day. One of us may have tracked a seed up there on a previous visit. Golden alexanders do have a little bit of a rep for handling dry spells. And this spot must have been just damp enough some spring to get it started. This is another edible wild plant that I've never tried. People who know my eating habits might be a little surprised by that. So am I. The flower heads are said to be quite tasty. That makes two plants at the Preserve that I'm waiting to try next season. Golden alexanders grow in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI(S), SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, MB, NB, NS, ON, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 5/13/12.