Ground Nut

26 Jul

This is a vine that grows wild in my yard . It winds itself through the azaleas mostly unseen, until the flowers pop with pink. The flowers are lightly sweet smelling. Early americans used the root of this plant much like a potato when other foods were scarce – hence the name Ground Nut. It is also a host plant for the Silver Spotted Skipper butterfly.

Ground Nut (Apios americana)


2 Responses to “Ground Nut”

  1. photographyfree4all July 26, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    Great shot! Would love to see the butterfly.

  2. Suwannee Refugee July 26, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    That’s funny because in Africa ground nut is another name for peanuts.

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