balsam root

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balsam root

balsam root

In the sunflower family. Seeds, roots, and young shoots edible. Roasted root is coffee substitute. Related variations- Hairy Balsam Root (Balsamorhiza hookeri) Hoary Balsam Root (Balsamorhiza incana) Arrowleaf Balsam Root (Balsamorhiza sagittata) Used for stomach, bladder, female, colds, rheumatism, dysentery.
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Heading east, you'll see balsam root and groundsel on Dog and Wind mountains near Home Valley, and camas and lupines between Bingen and Lyle.
Balsam root, penstemons, and a host of other flowers can also be found.