Large-Fruited Desert-Parsley is a low growing perennial that produces off-white flowers in large conspicuous clusters. It has a thick taproot and fern-like leaves. It was an important food source for many interior First Nations peoples, who ate the root in spring either raw or cooked.
|Height and Spread
||Up to 25 cm tall.
||Up to 25 cm spread.
||Late spring to early summer.
||Greyish and hairy.
||Seeds mature after flowers in mid-late summer.
|Light and Water
||Generally grows on open slopes.
||Grows in dry, rocky sites.
||Large-Fruited Desert-Parsley was an important food source for many interior First Nations peoples. The roots were dug up in spring and eaten raw or roasted. They are said to have a strong but pleasant pepper-like taste.
||Large-Fruited Desert-Parsley is helpful to bees with its large abundant flowers.
||Large-Fruited Desert-Parsley can be used in a dry land garden, with its large distinctive flowers. With edible roots it can also be planted for food harvesting.
||The Secwepemc name for this plant is ‘qweq’wile’.
||Large-Fruited Desert-Parsley produces winged seeds that easily disperse in wild settings. These seeds can be collected to propagate by seed.