May 22, 2014
Flora Focus || Balsamroot
Botanical Name: Balsamorhiza
Flower: Spring blooming with yellow petals and a yellow center. Sunflower like in appearance.
Leaf: Large, arrowhead shaped leave with a long petiole. The top of the leaf is fuzzy.
This flower is native to western North America and was used a lot by Native Americans. Almost all of the plant can be eaten. The roots and young shoots can be baked or steamed, the seeds are rich in oil and are nutritious, and wildlife can eat the blooms. The root can also be used a coffee substitute. Plants are amazing.