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Marsh Elder Plant or sumpweed (Iva annua)

Marsh Elder Plant or sumpweed (Iva annua)
Date : 2000
Description : There is evidence that 5,000 years ago, Native Americans were cultivating sumpweed, which has an oily seed. Native Americans may have eaten them like they ate sunflower seeds. They also may have extracted the oil or punded the seeds into a meal.
Photograph, David Asch
Illinois State Museum


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