Rocky slopes and mesas in desert scrub, sagebrush, and woodlands
Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico
Apparently Secure (NatureServe)
This species is
to the Truckee Meadows.
One of northern Nevada’s earliest blooming plants, this ground hugging plant is easy to overlook as it is not very showy. The gray-green leaves are finely divided and lie close to the ground. The tiny, white, five-petaled flowers are clustered together on the end of a flower stalk. There is sometimes a touch of red in the center of the flower.
Nevada biscuitroot has a long taproot which was eaten by the Northern Paiute; they ate the roots raw like radishes or cooked them in sand.
“From a distance you might think these prostrate flower umbels were just more patches of snow, but what a delight to discover that they are, instead, spring’s floral messengers!” - Laird R Blackwell
Here in the Truckee Meadows, Nevada biscuitroot can be found at Huffaker Hills, Hidden Valley, and Lower Thomas Creek Trail.
Great Basin Wildflowers, 1st edition, 2006. Laird R Blackwell
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