Beautiful Biscuit Root

Okanagan Okanogan

High above Kalamalka Lake, it is gathering time.P1760015

Biscuit Root

In this old garden of sacred stone (I found an elderly Syilx couple sitting in their car, staring at this, reading it intently) …

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… I found a flower I have never seen before in this grassland.

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It likes shade and well drained slopes, in the till above the scree that biscuit root finds so desirable. It’s mighty handsome, especially before it fully opens.

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Hydrophyllum tenuipes, Pacific Waterleaf

The rhizomes and leaves were also greens. It makes sense in an old roadside garden like this, surrounded by many old campfire rings. I’m pretty sure this was an old gathering camp and that people, not so dazzled by huge romantic lakes as people are these days, spent many weeks here in the spring of each year, with a small stream below, deer in the hills…

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… and a view of this…

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Well, without…

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~ by Sable Aradia on April 11, 2015.

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