Happy Easter, everyone!
A few fun facts you may not know. For one, green-cut bamboo, though it looks sturdy as the older stems, is in fact very fragile. To the point it can break under its own weight. See below.
Also, despite the ticks, fleas, tourists, sharks, bears, alligators, and mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus, not everything down South wants to munch on you. Some of it can be munched on instead.
This is Stachys floridana, sometimes called rattlesnake plant or wood betony; a local relative of Stachys affinis, AKA “Chinese artichoke”. Like its trendy Asian kinfolk, it’s quite edible, raw or cooked. Personally I’d cook it, given my druthers. Because cooking raw stuff in the Southeast is a survival habit. 😉
It’s also pretty, so. 🙂