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I have recently purchased 2 completely different types of echinacea. One is echinacea purpurea which comes as tubers and echinacea pallida which comes as seeds. I'm confused about whether they are safe foods for my tortoises. I thought tubers where a no feed plant.
Hi, and thanks for contacting us. I'm a bit confused too, as I didn't think that Echinacea grew from tubers! Are you sure that what you are seeing are actually tubers and not just fleshy roots? Most types of Echinaceae have long tap roots, and these can be quite fleshy, but I have searched lots of sites this morning and can't find anywhere that mentions Echinaceae purpurea (or any species of Echinaceae) with tubers. Could you send in a photo of the tubers that you have? Actually tubers are generally a 'no feed' (they store lots of protein) but there are some exceptions, so it will be interesting to see what your Echinacea purpurea tubers look like.
Yes, I agree with Lin -- those are roots. Just for information, tubers are actually a type of swollen stem that grows just under the ground, and they almost always have 'eyes' or growth nodes on them. But it can be difficult sometimes to tell the difference between fleshy roots, tubers and rhizomes, so you were right to question it, and thanks for sending in the photo.
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