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Northeastern California is home to several balsamroot species. These bright yellow wildflowers resemble sunflowers and often blanket hillsides with their brilliant blooms. Hooker’s balsamroot (Balsamorhiza hookeri) is a low plant of dry, rocky (lithosol) soils and can be found in … Continue reading
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Because arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorrhiza sagittata) has large basal leaves and bright yellow sunflower-like flowers, it is often confused with mule ears (Wyethis mollis). In the field, leaf shape distinguishes the two plants – balsamroot has triangular or arrow shaped leaves while … Continue reading