Blackroot is a Florida native that does, in fact, have black roots. They’re tubers, similar to sweet potatoes, that store both nutrients and water, enabling the plant to survive extended dry periods. The plant is a perennial and it is deciduous, meaning it drops its leaves at certain times of the year. The flowers are small and clustered on a strange-looking spike called a spiciform. It flowers spring to fall.
Blackroot is cultivated for use in wildflower and butterfly gardens, natural landscapes and restorations.
Clicked at Oscar Scherer State Park