Balsamorhiza careyana (Carey's balsamroot)

Drought tolerant perennial similar to B. sagittata. Showy yellow flowers bloom in early spring. Found on dry open habitats from lower elevations up into the mountains. Occurs east of the Cascade Mountains, extending down from British Columbia, through central/eastern Washington and into north central/eastern Oregon. Leaves, stems and flowers provide valuable spring forage for ungulates. Seeds eaten by birds and rodents; possible indicator of sage-grouse habitat. Good pollinator species. Distinguished from B. sagittata by its smaller flower heads, sandpapery leaves, and less overall hairiness. Hybridization between the two species may occur. Excellent restoration plant.

Map Coming Soon.jpg

INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Asteraceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Forb/herb

Native Status: Native

Growth Form: Single Crown

Mature Height: 24 in.

Bloom Color: Yellow

Bloom Period: Early Spring

Annual Precipitation: 6-20 in.

Drought Tolerance: High

Shade Tolerance: Intermediate

Elevation:

Wetland Indicator Status:

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: Medium

Nitrogen fixation: None

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: No

Salinity Tolerance: Medium

CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium

pH Range: 6.6-9.0


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 55,000

Seeding Rate:  PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

None