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Balsamorhiza hookeri Nutt.
Hooker's balsamroot, Hairy balsamroot
Synonyms: Balsamorhiza hookeri var. hispidula, Balsamorhiza hispidula
USDA Symbol: BAHO
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The leaves of this species are deeply segmented, appearing in basal tufts from a woody taproot with the 4-12 in., leafless flowering stems. These bear solitary, 2-3 in. wide, yellow sunflower-like flowers.
The species of this plant is named for William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865) who was Director of Kew Gardens from 1841-1865. He wrote “Flora boreali-americana” and many other works. He was founder and editor of “Journal of Botany”.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
AZ , CA , CO , ID , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY Native Distribution:
WA to c. CA (absent from OR), e. to ID & n.w. CO Native Habitat:
Grassy, rocky, subalkaline flats; scrublands; 2500-5000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
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Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2008-09-03
Research By: TWC Staff