Indian Cucumber or
(Medeola virginiana) is a perennial that
is in the Lily Family (Liliaceae)
Some of the distinctive features are whorls of leaves & Yellow flowers hanging down it can reach a height or 6"-2 feet tall.
The flowers are Yellow, small, hanging down. Usually there are only a few per plant. The leaves are simple (smooth-edged), in one or more whorls. While the stem remains weak and thin. Indian Cucumber grows in open woods and forest. It doesn't like a lot of light, but neither does it like to grow in deep shady woods.
When the plant is young, or when it lacks the energy to reproduce, it produces only one whorl of leaves. At this point in time, it is easily mistaken for starflower, although the latter’s leaves vary in size from less than an inch to almost three inches, and the leaf veins are not parallel to each other (it is not a lily).
Many people are most interested in this plant’s edibility. Historically, the native peoples of eastern North America dug the rhizomes* for food as well as medicine. The small white rhizomes, which measure only one to three inches in length, are reputed to have a cool, crisp, cucumber taste, and are good eaten raw or lightly cooked with other vegetables.
*Remember NEVER pick or consume ANY plant you have not identified 100% Correctly! When in doubt throw it out.