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Balsamorhiza rosea
rosy balsamroot

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in south-central Washington; south-central Washington to northeastern Oregon.

Habitat: Dry, rocky slopes at low elevation.

Flowers: April-May

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, flies, butterflies, beetles, wasps


Perennial from a simple crown, 0.6-3 dm. tall.


Basal leaves petiolate, the blade deltoid with rounded teeth or nearly pinnatifid, 3-20 cm. long and 1-10 cm. wide, with short, appressed hairs aligned in one direction, prominately netted-veined; stems with a pair of linear leaves near the base.


Heads small, the rays 1-2.5 cm long but often 1 cm. broad, usually 10-16, becoming roseate in age.


Achenes with appressed hairs aligned in one direction.

Identification Notes:

The short, broad ray flowers that become orange-red with age are unique to this species of Balsamorhiza.

Accepted Name:
Balsamorhiza rosea A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr.
Publication: Bot. Gaz. 56: 478. 1913.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Balsamorhiza rosea in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Balsamorhiza rosea checklist entry

OregonFlora: Balsamorhiza rosea information

E-Flora BC: Balsamorhiza rosea atlas page

CalPhotos: Balsamorhiza rosea photos

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