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Lomatium ambiguum - (Nutt.)Coult.&Rose.
                 
Common Name Biscuitroot, Wyeth biscuitroot
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open slopes and flat land up to moderate elevations[60]. Usually on dry soils[212].
Range Western N. America - British Columbia and Washington to Montana..
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Lomatium ambiguum Biscuitroot, Wyeth biscuitroot


Lomatium ambiguum Biscuitroot, Wyeth biscuitroot
   
Physical Characteristics
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Lomatium ambiguum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in). It is in flower in June. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms
Cogswelia ambigua. Peucedanum ambiguum.

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Root;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Root - raw or cooked[2]. A staple food for some native North American Indian tribes[257]. The fresh root is rather like parsnip in flavour, though when the plant dies down the root becomes brittle with an agreeable flavour of celery[2, 95]. The root can also be dried and ground into a powder for use as a flavouring in soups etc[61, 95, 105, 161]. Seed - ground into a powder or eaten raw[106]. An aromatic flavour, it can be used as a flavouring in cooked foods. Flowers and upper leaves can be used as a flavouring in salads, soups etc[257].
Medicinal Uses
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An infusion of the flowers and upper leaves has been used in the treatment of colds and sore throats[257].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
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 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[60].
Propagation
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.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Lomatium canbyiBiscuitroot, Canby's biscuitroot40
Lomatium cousBiscuitroot, Cous biscuitroot40
Lomatium dissectumFernleaf Biscuitroot, Carrotleaf biscuitroot42
Lomatium eurycarpum 20
Lomatium farinosumNorthern Biscuitroot, Hamblen's biscuitroot30
Lomatium foeniculaceumDesert Biscuitroot, Inyo biscuitroot, Macdougal's biscuitroot30
Lomatium gayeriBiscuitroot40
Lomatium gormaniiGorman's biscuitroot30
Lomatium grayiBiscuitroot, Gray's biscuitroot40
Lomatium macrocarpumBigseed Biscuitroot42
Lomatium nudicaulePestle Parsnip, Barestem biscuitroot42
Lomatium triternatumNineleaf Biscuitroot, Broadnineleaf biscuitroot31
Lomatium utriculatumCommon Lomatium31
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