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Common Name: Harbinger Of Spring
Erigenia bulbosa is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.20 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
North-eastern N. America - S. Ontario to New York, west to Minnesota and Kansas.
Rich moist woodland[
Requires a shady position in a moisture-retentive humus-rich soil[
Grows well in the wild garden or in shaded pockets of the rock garden, though it might need protection from competition with other more vigorous plants[
Plants come into new growth and flower very early in the year[
Root - raw or cooked[
The plant has been chewed to bring relief from toothache[
]. No details are given as to which part of the plant is used.
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division of tubers.