Excerpt from Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842: And to Oregon and North California in the Years 1843-44
This plant is very odoriferous, and in Canada charms the traveller, especially when passing through woods in the evening. The Frenc... h there eat the tender shoots in the spring, as we do asparagus. The natives make a sugar of the ¿owers, gathering them in the morning when they are covered with dew, and collect the cotton from the pods to fill their beds. On account of the silki ness of this cotton, Parkinson calls the plant Virginian silk.-loudon's Encyclopedia of Plants.
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