This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The following from a Marysville, Kansas, correspondent refers to this beautiful plant: "It has been very hard times in Kansas the last two years, but crops look well. I send a flower and leaf of a plant that I found on the overland route to California, and should like to know the name of it. It is a beautiful running plant, root like a parsnip."