Fendler's waterleaf growing neglected near a highway underpass.

Fun with Wild Waterleaf

Fendler's waterleaf covers a hillside in El Dorado Canyon east of Boulder, Colorado.
Fendler’s waterleaf covers a hillside in Eldorado Canyon south of Boulder, CO.

Waterleaf is an interesting edible wild plant that does not get a lot of press in the wild food media. The local species I know is Fendler’s waterleaf (Hydrophyllum fendleri), a native perennial that grows from Colorado’s Front Range west, in damp to moist soil from 5,500 to 10,500 feet, according to Cattail Bob Seebeck’s textbook, Survival Plants (2012).

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