Spring is slowly fighting its way into the Ozarks. The weather has warmed, but still has cold days and nights.
In spite of the challenges, wild plants are growing in the ravine. Actually they are growing all over, but the ravine is of special interest due to The Carduan Chronicles. I went out to see what’s growing.
The Carduans will need to find plants to eat. As they are confined in the ravine, due to their size and distances out of the ravine, the plants growing there will be the selection they will be drawing from.
What’s growing in spite of wildly fluctuating temperatures? Lots of plants are putting out new growth. Many are ones I don’t recognize. Those I do recognize included galiums (bedstraws or cleavers), cinquefoil, wild strawberry, wild onion, two or three kinds of violets, toothwort, rue anemone and spicebush. There is a dandelion relative and several grasses growing in the ravine.
Other than nuts that fall out of the trees in the fall, the Carduans will not be eating the trees.
Thanks to “Botany In a Day” I have a few plants to taste test. It’s hard to describe how something tastes, if you have never tasted it.
I tried some violet leaves. The first one was from a blue violet. It wasn’t bad, kind of a tasty lettuce. The second was from a white violet. It was a bit bitter.
Spicebush buds and flowers are bitter. I’ve tried the leaves before and found them spicy and palatable.
The fun ones are the wild onions. These little things look like miniature green onion tops. They don’t taste like that. Wild onions explode in the mouth like a bit of raw yellow onion.
Winter is giving up at the point I am in my writing. The Carduans are beginning to do some exploring. They want to know what’s growing in their ravine.
Now that I know some of the plants growing in the ravine, I know what the Carduans will find. And what they will try eating.
For more about the Ozarks in the spring, check out Exploring the Ozark Hills.