what is this long white root

beachlover2May 2, 2008

While tilling up the raised garden, we found lots of things growing underground. They have a long white root made up of individual balls. The roots are shaped somewhat like a small carrot but white and all the balls are connected. What could this be?

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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Can you post a photo? It really would help us to help you.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2008 at 2:20AM
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Sounds like Florida Betony. A native wild flower in Florida but has become a problem weed in many parts of the US. Also known as Rattle Snake Weed due to the tubers look like the rattler of the Rattle Snake. I used to call it a mint because of the smell. It is an edible plant (always have a positive ID before eating any plants). I haven't tried it myself but have heard people like to slice up the tubers for salad. I will attempt to load an image of it.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 1:01AM
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That's it! Thank you for posting. How in the world did these things get into the raised bed? I bet there were 75 of these things. I sure hope they do not come back.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2008 at 8:08PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

It'll be back, I'd bet money on it.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2008 at 2:57PM
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