Medeola virginiana

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Common Name:  Indian Cucumber-root

Light to medium shade, medium moisture level, rich loam or sandy soil, moderately acid to neutral pH.  1-2 ft. height, blooms late spring to early summer, greenish white to yellowish green flowers, spreads by rhizomes.

Germination Code: ?

Native Region: Eastern half of Tennessee and West Tennessee Uplands

Has dark purple berries in fall that attract birds.  Root smells and tastes somewhat like cucumber.

Indian Cucumber-root - Medeola virginiana 1
Photo Courtesy John Hilty
Indian Cucumber-root - Medeola virginiana
Photo Courtesy John Hilty