Montana Outdoors

April 23, 2009

Arrowleaf balsamroot

In the last few days nature decided to get out the big guns. This is our largest wildflower with flower heads 2 to 4 inches across, and not only are the flowers large, but often these members of the sunflower family will cover entire hillsides, including the one behind our house. This was the first I’ve seen this year, blooming in the back country.

Arrowleaf balsamroot

The next day, these appeared in our back yard.

Arrowleaf balsamroot

Balsamorhiza sagittata grows in twelve of the far western states and in Alberta and British Columbia.

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