A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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.

Not to be confused with its relative, Arrowleaf Balsamroot, which has leaves covered with soft hairs and is found further east in the Gorge, this Balsamroot is on spectacular display in mid-spring between Mosier and Rowena.  SONY DSCBR1_IMG_5240

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One response

  1. Very nice photos. The Arrowleaf Balsamroot that we have here is now still a few days from blooming.

    April 29, 2013 at 10:12 pm

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