Hedysarum Alpinum
A picture of hedysarum alpinum.

The areas that are highlighted green show where Hedysarum alpinum is found.

A picture of the purple hedysarum alpinum flowers.

Hedysarum alpinum is a type of plant. Above ground it grows purple flowers and seeds that if consumed in abundance can be poisonous. Under ground it grows potato like structures. Hedysarum alpinum was eaten by the Inuit to help ward off the effects of scurvy due to it being rich in Vitamin C. In the book Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer speculates that Chris McCandless died from eating seeds from Hedysarum alpinum which he believed contained swainsonine.