Plant Portraits:

The California Legacy of A.R. Valentien

Balsam Root: Balsamorhiza deltoidea

Balsam-Root is so-called because of the sticky sap found in the taproot of the plant. Found on sunny slopes with well-drained soils in northwestern California, Oregon, and British Columbia, Balsam-Root’s showy blooms appear in spring and summer.

Balsam Root

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