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Balsamorhiza saggitata balsamroot

Asteraceae Aster or Sunflower Family (also known as the Composite Family: Compositae)

Heads have both RAY & DISK Flowers, ray flowers-orange or yellow

Key Words: Composite Flowers in disk-like heads

Family ID traits:

  • What seems to be a “flower” is really a bouquet of many flowers
  • Can have either DISK or RAY flowers, or both in a “flower head”
  • Have green modified leaves – bracts – surrounding the flower head.

Habitat: shrub-steppe to low montane forest.

Widespread. Perennial. Spring bloomer.