Saturday, September 7, 2013

Plant Identification Please!

I came across this pretty little flower on an overgrown fence in Cambridge this afternoon and I wonder what it is - and where one might procure more of it:

The inflorescence...

... and another picture of the foliage

Anyone know? I have never seen this plant before but judging by how and where it was growing it is probably hardy and maybe even native.

Update: Apparently this is the groundnut or potato bean (Apios americana), which is indeed native and produces edible tubers, for which it is even farmed in Japan.

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