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I found a plant in the garden. No flowers, but large matt/waxy leaves, and roots suggest some kind of rhizhome or tuber in the ground. I'm hoping it's an edible vegetable???
It is elephant's ears - Bergenia, probably B. crassifolia (still called by many by its synonym B. cordifolia)
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergenia (many hybrids)
The leaves are not edible as a vegetable.
"The leaves are used as a tea substitute." (http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Bergenia+crassifolia)
"The flowers are boiled and then pickled." (http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Bergenia+ciliata)
Those refs also mention some medicinal uses.
Bergenia is not listed in:
- List of leaf vegetables (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_leaf_vegetables)
- Alternative Edible Leaves (http://www.pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=37)
thank you very much!