Montana Outdoors

April 29, 2011

Balsamorhiza sagittata

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 2:17 pm

Soon the lower to mid-level elevation mountainsides in Montana will be brightly colored with the large bright flowers of Arrow-leaved Balsamroot. All parts of this large plant are edible and were a very important food source for the Indian peoples who were also native to this area. Their bloom is not wide-spread yet this spring, but some flowers are starting to show up in a few sheltered, warmer locations: the one in the photo is growing on the Flathead Reservation along the lower Flathead River.

This member of the sunflower family is well-named, with its arrowhead shaped leaves and roots that have the aroma of balsam pitch.

Arrow-leaved Balsamroot

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