Arrowleaf balsamroot is named for its wide, sharply pointed leaves and its pine-scented, sticky sap. These plants are members of the sunflower family.
Identification: Plants grow up to 24" (60 cm) in height. Leaves have hairs, sometimes rough, especially underneath. The bright, sunny flowers, like miniature sunflowers, are 1½" (3.8 cm) to 3" (7.6 cm) across. The sticky sap smells strongly of pine, . They appear at altitudes between 4300' (1.3 km) and 1.6 mi (2.5 km).
Edibility: Despite its bitter sap, the entire arrowleaf balsamroot is edible. The large taproots are especially palatable.
Balsamorhiza sagittata at the Oregon Flora Image Project
Balsamorhiza sagittata on Wildflowers, Ferns & Trees of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah
Balsamorhiza sagittata on Calflora
Balsamorhiza sagittata on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database
Balsamorhiza sagittata at the Montana Native Plant Society (PDF)
Balsamorhiza sagittata at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Balsamorhiza sagittata on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Balsamorhiza sagittata on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network
Balsamorhiza sagittata on eFloras
Balsamorhiza sagittata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.