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Ground NutFenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail

Ground nut (Apios americana)


The Ground nut is a climbing vine with fragrant reddish-brown flowers that bloom during the summer. It produces edible tubers and seeds and has oval pinnately compound leaves in an alternate arrangement.
Apios americana

Gardening Tips

Care Known Problems How to Harvest Mature Size Notes/Uses
The Ground nut needs moist soils in part shade or full sun Ground nuts may overtake an area Tubers may be harvested one year after planting length: 8 – 16 feet The tubers were used by many indigenous American tribes as a food source; The tubers have three times the amount of protein present in potatoes; Groundnuts are often planted in rain or water gardens