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Wildflowers - Breadroot Scurfpea

Breadroot Scurfpea, Indian Breadroot, Indian turnip, Prairie Turnip, Prairie Potato - Psoralea esculenta, Pediomelum esculentum
Breadroot Scurfpea, Indian Breadroot, Indian Turnip, Prairie Turnip, Prairie Potato - Psoralea esculenta, Pediomelum esculentum
NPS Photo by Jim Pisarowicz
 
Breadroot Scurfpea was the most important vegetable in the diets of Northern Plains tribes. The Dakota and Lakota called it "tipsin."

Did You Know?

fire on the prairie

Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.