Gairdner’s Yampah

Perideridia gairdneri
  • Hul’qumi’num Name: sháwəәq
  • Description: Slender perennial herb from a tuberous edible root. Solitary stems give rise to finely dissected leaves and white, terminal umbel inflorescences.
  • Habitat: Moist to dry meadows, woodlands, and coastal bluffs.
  • Harvest: Roots are best to harvest in late spring, prior to flowering.
  • Edibility: Roots are small, starchy, and can be eaten raw or cooked.
  • Fun Fact: Yampah was and is a common root crop harvested by Indigenous people throughout the west. In BC, it grows only in dry, southern areas.

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