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Photo courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Indian breadroot

Scientific name
Pediomelum esculentum
Also Known As
Indian potato, Prairie turnip
Plant Family
Plant Group
This perennial legume has bluish purple flowers and palmately divided leaves with 3-5 leaflets. Leaves are hairy and alternate along the stem.
Identification Hints

This perennial legume has bluish purple flowers and palmately divided leaves with 3-5 leaflets. Leaves are hairy and alternate along the stem.

Did You Know?

Indian breadroot exhibits an interesting behavior. At the end of flowering, flower stalk (and leaves) breaks off from the root (disarticulates) and blows away with the wind.

States
AR, CO, IA, KS, LA, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NM, NY, OK, SD, TX, WI, WY