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Pediomelum esculentum (Prairie Turnip)

Pediomelum esculentum (Prairie Turnip)
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Prairie turnip has a starchy, tuberous, edible root that was harvested by the Plains Indians.  It blooms early summer with light blue flowers in a dense spike. In the fall, this perennial plant full of ripe seeds will detach itself and tumble across the prairie, scattering its seeds.

This is a legume species (member of the pea family).  Most legumes harbor beneficial bacteria called rhizobia on their roots.  Prairie Moon provides genus-specific strains of this bacterium called inoculum for legume seed free of charge with the purchase of legume seed.  To properly inoculate your legume seed prior to planting, follow germination code I below.

Dormant bare root plants ship each year during optimal transplanting season: Fall (October) or Spring (April/May).


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Catalog Number PSO04F
Seeds / Packet 20
Seeds / Ounce 1,100
Germination Code C(10), H, I
Plant Spacing 8-10"
Sun Exposure Full Sun 
Soil Moisture Dry-Mesic  Dry 
Height 12 inches 
Bloom Color Blue 
Bloom Time May  June  July 
Plant Type Wildflowers (Forbs) 
Availability Seeds  Roots 
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Pediomelum esculentum (Prairie Turnip)
*This map shows the native and adventive range of this species. **Given appropriate habitat and climate, native plants can be grown outside their range.
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