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March 26, 2012

Carter Caves State Resort Park
Carter County, Kentucky

With my new transportation, I've been doing some wildflower shooting. The park has a checklist of about 85 known wildflower species found there. Maybe we'll work our way through a few of them.

I believe this one is Toothwort, probably Cutleaf Toothwort according to my field manual. If so, the Native Americans would use the root to make a poultice to treat headaches. My book also says the leaves and rhizomes are peppery tasting with the leaves being eaten like mustard greens. Well, that would be if you're sure of the identification of it.