Arrowleaf Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata)

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

arrowleaf balsamroot

arrowleaf balsamroot

Location: Nancy Creek Washington State
Information: Lewis and Clark spoke of Indians who dug up the roots of this very large sunflower like plant during their gathering for food. All parts of the plant is edible however it’s pine sap does not make it very tasty, the Indians gathered the bulbs and dried them to make a flour when food was scarce. The plant is gorgeous and unmistakable, in this area it is probably one of the largest wildflowers to cast it’s shadow across almost any rocky outcropping. To identify it the fuzzy hairs coming off of the stem is a good key along side of the very large arrow shaped leaves that grow from the base of the plant.
Identification:
E-Flora BC
USDA Plants Database

 

*note: anytime a plant is mentioned as edible make sure that you correctly identify the plant by doing a lot of research. If there is a question as to the species do not eat it under any circumstances. This plant for example can be confused with other bright sunflower yellow plants called arnica which is toxic when consumed.

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