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Serrated Balsamroot
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Balsamorhiza serrata

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About Serrated Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza serrata) Balsamorhiza serrata (serrate balsamroot) is a North American species of plants in the sunflower tribe within the aster family. It is native to the western United States, primarily the northern part of the Great Plains. It has been found in Washington, Oregon, northern Nevada, and the northeastern corner of California (Modoc County). Balsamorhiza serrata is an herb up to 30 cm (12 inches) tall. Leaves have teeth along the edges, hence the name "serrata. " It has yellow flower heads, usually borne one at a time, with both ray florets and disc florets.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1 ft (0.3 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
4732' - 6348'

Annual Precip. ?
12.5" - 31.5"

Summer Precip. ?
1.11" - 2.35"

Coldest Month ?
31.3° F - 33.6° F

Hottest Month ?
53.6° F - 60.1° F

Humidity ?
1.32 vpd - 15.55 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Serrate Balsamroot

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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