Distribution: Occasional in Eastern Washington
Habitat: Dry, rocky slopes at low elevation
Flowers: April - May
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Perennial from a simple crown, 0.6-3 dm. tall.
Basal leaves petiolate, the blade deltoid with rounded teeth or nearly pinnatifid, 3-20 cm. long and 1-10 cm. wide, with short, appressed hairs aligned in one direction, prominately netted-veined; stems with a pair of linear leaves near the base.
Heads small, the rays 1-2.5 cm long but often 1 cm. broad, usually 10-16, becoming roseate in age.
Achenes with appressed hairs aligned in one direction.
The short, broad ray flowers that become orange-red with age are unique to this species of Balsamorhiza.