Friday, June 6, 2008 at 9:29AM
Last Sunday I promised to edit and repost one more of the old wildflower post so you can see another of the blue wildflowers of the Yukon. This one is blooming in my perennial garden right now, so the time for reposting is here. (I’ve also submitted this post to Project Blue at Anna Carson Photography.)
We could call this tall lungwort, but that’s just one of it’s names—the one that makes it sound like a deadly disease. I prefer to call them languid ladies, another of their common names, because they look like southern belles in fancy ball gowns, don’t they? As I tried to get this photo, they were not languid at all, but were energetically dancing in the wind. I couldn’t help thinking that perhaps there was a ball I was not invited to.
I could also call them northern bluebells or chiming bells, but I grew up calling harebells by the bluebell name and I’m not about to stop now. So languid ladies it’ll be for me. Harebells grow here, too, by the way, but I haven’t seen any yet this year.
If you like eating wild plants, you’ll be happy to know that tall lungwort, as a member of the borage family, is edible. If you like, you can add the little ladies to salads. No, they don’t taste like chicken; they taste like fish. The leaves of the lungwort can be steeped for a delicately fishy tasting tea, too—a tea that was at one time was thought useful for treating lung diseases. And now you know where that lungwort name cames from.