Montana Outdoors

April 28, 2018

Arrow-leaved Balsamroot

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 4:50 pm

Arrow-leaved Balsamroot

Arrow-leaved Balsamroot ~ Balsamorhiza sagittata

These have begun to bloom in the last few days. Soon they will decorate the hillsides low on the mountains with large splashes of color. They are the largest wildflower blossoms in this area and grow in clumps resembling a large bouquet.

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  1. We were just admiring some of these today in eastern part of the Columbia River Gorge. Love seeing these bright spring blossoms.

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    Comment by derwoodynck — April 28, 2018 @ 5:27 pm

  2. Wow! I didn’t realize there was anything in the sunflower family that came up this early. That’s a joy to behold!

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    Comment by pat — April 28, 2018 @ 5:38 pm

    • They are amazing. They come up and bloom in about a week and then last a long time.

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      Comment by montucky — April 28, 2018 @ 7:40 pm

  3. Are these related to arnica and sunflowers? Yellow flowers seem so happy!

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    Comment by Candace — April 28, 2018 @ 5:48 pm

    • Yes, they are in the sunflower family, and the largest wild member of that family, at least around here. I agree that they look happy!

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      Comment by montucky — April 28, 2018 @ 7:41 pm

  4. Looking good.

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    Comment by Harold Rhenisch — April 28, 2018 @ 6:45 pm

    • It is raining again today and that will encourage them to be very robust.

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      Comment by montucky — April 28, 2018 @ 7:42 pm

  5. Beautiful close-up.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — April 28, 2018 @ 7:10 pm

  6. What a lovely sight these yellow flowers are. Could you please post a photo of a field (when it’s actually covered in these flowers so I can see them in situ). 🙂

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    Comment by Vicki — April 28, 2018 @ 7:13 pm

    • I will do that a little later when the rest of them bloom. The hillsides to the north and east of my house will be covered with them. It’s usually a beautiful display. Instead of waiting for that I found this one on a nearly vertical hillside a few miles away and couldn’t resist climbing up to get a picture. (I seem unable to do things the easy way.)

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      Comment by montucky — April 28, 2018 @ 7:47 pm

  7. They certainly are a beautiful flower. Seeing a field of them must be wonderful. I hope you get a good bloom this year. Coincidentally, just yesterday I spotted our first Sagittaria latifolia, commonly known as arrowhead. It’s an aquatic plant — quite different from this one! — but it’s a good example of how the same word can be adapted for both genus and species.

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    Comment by shoreacres — April 28, 2018 @ 8:37 pm

    • It seems that both plants, despite the radical differences between them have been named for the shape of their leaves from Latin “sagittatus”, “sagittata” or “sagittattatum” meaning “barbed” or “formed like arrows”. The similarity of their leaves is remarkable!

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      Comment by montucky — April 28, 2018 @ 8:49 pm

  8. Stunning colour! Lovely photo. I can’t wait to see your photo when the hillside is covered with them!

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    Comment by Candice — April 28, 2018 @ 9:58 pm

    • I’m hoping they will be as abundant as in the past several years. Today’s rain will help them.

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      Comment by montucky — April 28, 2018 @ 10:06 pm

  9. That’s a beautiful flower that reminds me of a woodland sunflower.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — April 29, 2018 @ 3:31 pm

    • We probably over a dozen members of the sunflower family here and this is the largest. The flowers are nearly 3 inches across. They dominate the open places in the landscape when they bloom and provide food for a lot of critters.

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      Comment by montucky — April 29, 2018 @ 3:35 pm

  10. Yellow blooms make me happy. 🙂

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — April 30, 2018 @ 6:58 am

  11. Lovely splashes of colour! 🙂

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — May 2, 2018 @ 2:30 am


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