Did You Know:  A Few Facts About Arrowleaf Balsamroot

Did You Know: A Few Facts About Arrowleaf Balsamroot

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Nothing says spring in the Methow like a whole hillside covered in “sunflowers.” The Arrowleaf balsamroot is not only beautiful but it is also fascinating. It is a member of the sunflower family and like other sunflowers, the “flowers” are actually clusters of flowers arranged on a stem (those clusters are called an inflorescence).

The Arrowleaf balsamroot has a serious taproot – it can reach up to 8 feet deep. This taproot system helps it survive well through fire and drought. The name Arrowleaf balsamroot comes from the leaf shape (Arrowleaf) and the fragrant resin in the roots that smells like balsam fir (balsamroot). Some people say the flower smells like chocolate…what do you think?

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