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wild hyacinth

Capt. Lewis, April 17, 1806--there is a species of hiasinth in these plains the bulb of which the natives eat either boiled baked or dryed in the sun.  this bulb is white, not entirely solid, and of a flat form; the bulb of the present year olverlays, or crowns that of the last, and seems to be pressed close to it, the old bulb is withered much thiner and equally wide with that tof the present year and sends fourth from it's sides a number of small radicles.-  this hiasinth is of a pale blue colour and is a very pretty flower.  I preserved a specimine of it.

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