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Common Name: Biscuitroot
Lomatium gayeri is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Western N. America - Washington and British Columbia.
Open slopes and flats, foothills and lowlands to moderate elevations[
We have almost no information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in much of the country.
It can be assumed that plants will require a dry to moist but well-drained soil in a sunny position.
This is a taxonomically very difficult genus, many of the species now included in it have at times been included in other genera[
Root - raw or cooked[
]. A celery flavour[
]. It can be dried and ground into a powder and then be mixed with cereal flours or added to soups etc[
]. The flour can also be mixed with water, flattened into cakes and sun-dried or baked. Used on journeys, the taste is somewhat like stale biscuits[
]. No more details are given, though it is most likely used as an aromatic flavouring in cooked foods[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed can be rather slow to germinate, when sown in the spring it usually takes at least 12 months to germinate. Giving it a period of cold stratification might reduce this time. The seedlings need to be pricked out into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle, and should be planted out into their permanent positions in the summer.
Fresh seed can be sown immediately in situ.
Division may be possible in spring or autumn.