Hoary Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza incana)

Perennial
B. floccosa. B. hookeri incana.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Hoary Balsamroot
Balsamorhiza incana
Compositae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    A decoction of the leaves, roots and stems has been used in the treatment of stomach pains and colds and as a steam bath for treating headaches[257].

  • Edible Use

    Root – raw or cooked[105, 161, 177]. The thick root can be eaten raw[257].

    Seed – raw or cooked. It can be ground into a powder and made into a bread.

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow early spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 2 – 6 days at 18¡c. Either sow the seed in individual pots or pot up the seedlings as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer[134]. Division in spring. Very difficult since the plant strongly resents root disturbance[134]. It is probably best to take quite small divisions, or basal cuttings, without disturbing the main clump. Pot these up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in the greenhouse until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer if they have grown sufficiently, otherwise over-winter them in the greenhouse and plant out in late spring.
Requires a deep fertile well-drained loam in full sun[134, 200]. Plants strongly resent winter wet[134, 200]. Hardy to at least -25¡c[200]. Plants are intolerant of root disturbance and should be planted into their permanent positions whilst still small[134].
North-western N. America

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