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Balsamorhiza serrata
serrrate balsamroot, toothed balsamroot

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in south-central and southeastern Washington; Washington to California, east to Nevada.

Habitat: Rock outcrops and dry, rocky knolls.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial with an unbranched crown surmounting a carrot-like root, 1-4 dm. tall.


Basal leaves petiolate, green, scabrous, with prominent net-like veins, the blade deltoid-ovate, 4-29 cm. long and 2-8 cm. wide, sharply serrate, but also with some pinnatifid leaves; stems often with a pair of much-reduced leaves near the base.


Heads solitary; involucres smooth to strongly woolly, the bracts narrowly lanceolate; rays 10-16, 2-4 cm. long.


Achenes glabrous.

Identification Notes:

Of all the species of Balsamorhiza found in our area, only Balsamorhiza serrata has sharply serrate leaves.

Accepted Name:
Balsamorhiza serrata A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr.
Publication: Bot. Gaz. 56: 479. 1913.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Balsamorhiza serrata in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Balsamorhiza serrata checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Balsamorhiza serrata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Balsamorhiza serrata photos.

USDA Plants: Balsamorhiza serrata information.

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