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Archive for April 28, 2013

Northwest Balsamroot aka Deltoid Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea)

4/2013.  Rowena Plateau, Tom McCall  Preserve,  Columbia Gorge, OR

4/2013. Rowena Plateau, Tom McCall Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR

“So named because it grows from a strong smelling taproot…Although generally shunned by domestic livestock, Balsamroot is grazed by deer, elk, and mountain sheep.  Indians used to eat the stout starchy roots and tender young shoots.”  –Scotter & Flygare:  Wildflowers of the Canadian Rockies. (more…)