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Balsamorhiza deltoidea (Deltoid balsamroot)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Balsamorhiza deltoidea

Balsamorhiza deltoidea Nutt.

Deltoid Balsamroot

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


USDA Symbol: BADE2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

A plant of woodland openings and open hillsides from California north to British Columbia, where it is listed as an endangered species due to habitat destruction and is found only on the southern shore of Vancouver Island. It does best where fires occur rather regularly; modern suppression of fire has reduced favorable habitat for it.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Margin: Crenate , Dentate
Leaf Apex: Acute
Leaf Base: Cordate , Sagittate
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul


Canada: BC
Native Habitat: Salt Water Shorelines

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Balsamorhiza deltoidea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Balsamorhiza deltoidea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Balsamorhiza deltoidea


Record Modified: 2022-12-22
Research By: TWC Staff

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