Montana Outdoors

May 6, 2008

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: — montucky @ 9:58 pm

This large plant (Balsamorhiza sagittata) of the Sunflower family has begun to bloom now in our valley and will fill our mountainsides with color. Just a few have blossomed so far in our back yard, but when they all do the whole hillside behind our house will be orange.

This is an edible plant with large roots that can be eaten raw or cooked, edible stems and leaves, and seeds that can be roasted and ground into a nutritious flour. If basic survival were an issue for someone stranded in the back country around here, the Arrowleaf would be a plentiful solution. Its distribution is limited to the twelve western-most states though.

Arrowleaf balsamroot

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

Arrowleaf balsamroot

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