The leaves are shaped like tiny tubes that taper to a point. They grow in clumps and emerge in early spring from winter dormancy, followed quickly by the lilac-to-rosy pink, clover-like blooms on 12- to 24-inch long stems.
Photo by Barbara Pleasant
Here's a tasty and healthful side dish that combines an old winter favorite, parsnips, with potatoes and chives. Any leftovers can be used as a flavorful thickening for a hearty winter soup.