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Balsamorhiza hookeri (Hooker's balsamroot)
Reveal, James L.

Balsamorhiza hookeri

Balsamorhiza hookeri (Hook.) Nutt.

Hooker's Balsamroot, Hairy Balsamroot

Asteraceae (Aster Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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”.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.
Leaf: Green
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: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: 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.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.


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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2018-08-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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