English common name: Old Man’s Beard

Latin name: Clematis microphylla

Comments: Creeper, grows on islands and coastal areas; massive tuberous roots roasted and eaten; high in protein and starch. “That’s a tuber, the tubers go down and you can eat the tubers. The other thing with this, the people whiten their beard up because if you had a beard, you were powerful. So they put their beards, the old man’s beard, and they use that to make them powerful†– Trevor Walley.

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Photo Babs and Bert Wells, DEC.

Photo Angela Rooney