JERUSALEM artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)
Native to North America, the JERUSALEM artichoke is a species of sunflower that grows wild in East Gwillimbury...and, unfortunately, in my back garden. Yes, the blossoms are pretty but the plants are monsters that want to take over at an astonishing speed. They are very tall (up to 3 metres or 10 feet), gangly and tend to flop over in the wind. But they have at least one redeeming quality: the tubers have a nutty flavour and can be eaten - cooked like potatoes or raw sliced thin and eaten in salads.
FYI: the name JERUSALEM has nothing to do with the city in Israel but is a corruption of the Italian word for sunflower, girasole.
Monarch and bee on JERUSALEM artichoke
I am linking to Jenny Matlock at Alphabe-Thursday HERE