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Balsamorhiza hookeri (Hook.) Nutt.
Hooker's Balsamroot, Hairy Balsamroot
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: BAHO
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: 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 ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Balsamorhiza hookeri in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Balsamorhiza hookeri in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Balsamorhiza hookeri
MetadataRecord Modified: 2018-08-03
Research By: TWC Staff