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Silky Balsamroot
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About Silky Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sericea) Balsamorhiza sericea is a species of flowering plant in the sunflower tribe of the plant family Asteraceae known by the common name silky balsamroot. It is native to the Klamath Mountains of northwestern California and southwestern Oregon, with additional populations in the Blue and Steens Mountains in eastern Oregon. It grows in rocky areas, sometimes on serpentine soils. Balsamorhiza sericea is a taprooted perennial herb growing erect 20 to 40 centimeters (8-16 inches) tall. The leaves are mostly located at the base of the plant. They are vaguely fern-like, with each leaf being composed of many pairs of oppositely-arranged lobes. Each lobe is oval and coated in silvery hairs. Balsamorhiza sericea is a taprooted perennial herb growing erect 20 to 40 centimeters (8-16 inches) tall. The leaves are mostly located at the base of the plant. They are vaguely fern-like, with each leaf being composed of many pairs of oppositely-arranged lobes. Each lobe is oval and coated in silvery hairs. The inflorescence bears a single flower head with a center of yellow disc florets and a fringe of yellow ray florets each 2 or 3 centimeters long. The fruit is an achene just over half a centimeter long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.7 - 1.3 ft (0.21 - 0.4 m)

Flower Color
Yellow

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
1485' - 6765'

Annual Precip. ?
27.8" - 70.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.42" - 2.37"

Coldest Month ?
35.4° F - 47.5° F

Hottest Month ?
53.4° F - 73.0° F

Humidity ?
2.46 vpd - 22.41 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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