|Balsamorhiza sagittata |
Common Names arrowleaf balsamroot
Family Composites, Sunflower
Flower Color Yellow
Plant Type Herb
Location McCall, McCall and many locations
The Arrowleaf blasamroot is a perennial plant that grows to be 20-60 cm tall. The individual flowers look like sunflowers and the plant is a member of the Composite or Aster family.
Balsamroot provided a tough, starchy root that was used as a carbohydrate source by some Native American groups. The Nez Perce, Okanagan-coville, Okanagan, and Thompson ate different parts of this plant. They traditionally roasted and ground the seeds, peeled and eaten raw or baked the young shoots and cooked the roots.
Arrowleaf balsamroot is a good crop for live stock.