Jun. 26, 2020

claspleaf twistedstalk, Streptopus amplexifolius

This twistedstalk is much like its relatives, the Solomon-seals. The flowers are a little more fanciful, with their swept back petals. The stem isn't twisted so much as it is slightly bent at each node. The young shoots have a cucumber like flavor, and the red berries taste like watermelon. Indians and others have eaten both. But the jury is out on how good they are for you. There's a reason this is sometimes called scootberry. Claspleaf twistedstalk grows in woods in AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, ID, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, NH, NJ(E), NM, NY, OR, PA(E), SD, TN(T), UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WY, all provinces of Canada, on GL and SPM, in Europe and eastern Asia. Summit Co CO, 6/17/13. Lily-of-the-valley family, Convallariaceae.