|Nice leafy example of Strawberry Blite in good soil, late spring.|
|Overwintered plant developing flowers at end of May.|
The genus Chenopodium has high wildlife value. It is a food source for many birds including the snow bunting, catbird and morning dove. This species serves as a larval host for the common sootywing butterfly (Pholisora catullus). In addition to its value as a food plant, the red berries have been used dyes by several Native American groups.
The seeds are available from B&T World Seeds and Horizon Herbs (my source). While I would really like to use seeds from my own eco-region, the provenance of these seeds is not likely from this area seeing as one supplier is in Europe and the other in Oregon.
For me the jury is still out on this plant. Since I let most of the berries go to seed, I will watch for its return and test the flavor of the roots and leaves this time. As a garden plant, its habit was too lax to be a featured highlight, although it could work in the background. Has anyone else had experience growing this plant? Stay tuned.