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CAUTIO N : If the onion smell is missing, don't try the plant. It could be F l y Poison or Death Camass (see pp. 208 and 209). Bulbs: cooked vegetable; seasoning; medicine. Bulblets: seasoning; pickle. Leaves: seasoning. 52 Lily Family DAY L I LY Hemerocallis fulva and H. flava SIZE: 2-3 fl. high HABITAT: Roadsides, edges of fields, and old homesites SEASON: Summer, flowers; spring through fall, tubers 53 Day iiiy IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a plant that has escaped from cultivation and now grows wild over a large section of North America.

They can be eaten fresh or boiled as a vegetable. If they are thoroughly dried over a slow fire or in an oven, they can be ground into a flour that is one of the best wild flours available in North America. Chufa that has been roasted to a dark brown and ground makes a coffee-like hot beverage. A cold drink popular in Spain is made by soaking Chufa i n water for 2 days and then mashing it i n fresh water and sugar and straining out the solids. Dried tubers will keep almost indefinitely. Tubers: salad; cooked vegetable; coffee substitute; beverage; flour.

Each branch bears rows of pinnately compound leaflets in pairs that resemble birds' wings with the leaflets taking the place of feathers. Where the lower wing-shaped leaflets join the stalk there is usually a purplish nectar-producing organ. I n plants that have not been dis­ turbed or rained on recently, large droplets of sweet-tasting liquid frequently cling to the nectaries. The rhizome is about % in. thick, blackish, and slightly woody in texture. It is covered with hair-like roots and branches that spread extensively under large areas of ground.

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