DWARF NATIVE PARSNIP / WILD PARSNIP (Trachymene pilosa)
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An under-utilised native tuber, a close relative to carrot, parsley and European parsnip, this native Australian perennial tuber has been assigned the botanical genus Trachymene.
T. pilosa, is a dwarf variety which is common in the wheat belt regions of western and southern Australia.
Australian wild parsnips are typically smaller than European ones and grow slower.
Flowers in spring through summer
Flowers white or pinkish white
Taproot is a long, sometimes tough but edible tuber.
Taproot and crushed leaves smell faintly like carrot or parsley
Its delicate white flowers are sure to add a splash of colour to your landscape. It is a low-maintenance plant, requiring minimal care.
Bush food: Native parsnips can be used in the same way as European versions. Serve roasted or pan fried, can also be enjoyed raw in salads.
Germination: Best sown in spring, just before the last frost. Lightly cover the seeds once sown. Ideally should be spaced about 20 to 25 cm (8 to 10 inches) apart.