Lycopus spp.

  • roots are edible raw.

  • roots are best gathered in spring.

  • rooots were traditionally steamed or boiled.

  • roots have a mild, sweet taste.

  • roots can be dried for storage.

  • varieties in the Pacific Northwest include Northern bugleweed (Lycopus uniflorus) and American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus).

  • grows by lakes and streams, in marshes and in peat bogs.

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