Arrowleaf Balsamroot

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Balsamorhiza sagittata

ZONES 4 - 8 Perennial: The sunflower-like blooms of this native wildflower are a welcome sign of spring. Native Americans used the plant for food and medicine. All parts of the plant are edible. It is drought tolerant and a prize in any natural or xeriscape garden.

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Introduction

Arrowleaf Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata) is a long-lived perennial forb native to western North America. It is a member of the sunflower family and is closely related to other wildflowers such as marigolds and daisies. Arrowleaf Balsamroot is known for its large, bright yellow flowers that bloom in the spring and summer.

What does Arrowleaf Balsamroot look like?
  • Arrowleaf Balsamroot is a tall plant that can grow up to 3 feet tall. It has a thick, woody taproot and basal leaves that are arrow-shaped and covered in white hairs. The flowers are large and sunflower-like, with yellow petals and a yellow center.
Why should I plant Arrowleaf Balsamroot?
  • There are many reasons to plant Arrowleaf Balsamroot in your garden. Here are a few of the benefits:
    • Arrowleaf Balsamroot is a beautiful and long-blooming wildflower.
    • It is a native plant that is beneficial to wildlife.
    • It is easy to grow and care for.
    • It can be used for medicinal purposes.
Some interesting facts about Arrowleaf Balsamroot
    • The name "Arrowleaf Balsamroot" comes from the shape of the leaves (arrow-shaped) and the resin in the roots (which smells like balsam fir).
    • Arrowleaf Balsamroot was used medicinally by Native American tribes for a variety of purposes, including treating coughs, colds, and sore throats.
    • The flowers of Arrowleaf Balsamroot are edible and can be used to make jelly or tea.
    • The seeds of Arrowleaf Balsamroot are a food source for birds and rodents.
How do I germinate Arrowleaf Balsamroot seeds?

Store seeds in moist compost in the fridge for 45 days prior to sowing in very early spring or Sow directly in the ground at 1/8" in late fall.

The seeds require cold moist conditions for successful germination.

Additional Tips
    • Arrowleaf Balsamroot prefers full sun and well-drained soil.
    • Water the plants regularly, especially during hot, dry weather.
    • Fertilize the plants with a balanced fertilizer every 2-3 weeks.
    • Deadhead the flowers regularly to encourage more blooms.
    • Arrowleaf Balsamroot is a relatively pest- and disease-free plant.

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Product Details
Balsamorhiza sagittata

Data sheet

Water Needs:
Very Low, Low, Low/Moderate
Light:
Full Sun
Zones:
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Growth Cycle:
Perennial
Soil Type:
Chalky Soil, Peaty Soil, Sandy Soil, ALL Tolerant of most soils, Silty Soil, Loamy Soil
Edible:
Yes
Color:
Orange, Yellow
Height:
g: Up to 3 Feet
Growing Instructions:
Store seeds in moist compost in the fridge for 45 days prior to sowing in very early spring or Sow directly in the ground at 1/8" in late fall. The seeds require cold moist conditions for successful germination.
Warnings:
None
Special Features:
Birds and Hummingbirds, Ornamental, Butterfiles and Pollinators, Drying and Crafts, Medicinal Value
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Evergreen
No

Specific References

UPC
810071360091
EAN13
0810071360091
MPN
XH-X2M4-NR9U
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