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Plant Guide: Cutleaf balsamroot: Balsamorhiza macrophylla Nutt.


St. John, Loren; Tilley, Derek. 2012. Plant Guide: Cutleaf balsamroot: Balsamorhiza macrophylla Nutt. Aberdeen, ID: U.S. Department of Agriculture, NRCS, Aberdeen Plant Materials Center. 3 p.

Livestock and big game utilize cutleaf balsamroot. It is moderately palatable to grazing animals during the spring and early summer but has low protein content (Walter, 2007). Leaves are grazed lightly and flowers are often eaten. Horses are especially fond of the flowers (Plants of Utah, Online). The plant becomes dry and worthless as forage by midsummer (Forest Service, 1937; Herman, 1966). It attracts large numbers of native pollinators. It may have some value for restoration but is not a dominant or major species in its area of adaptation.

Keywords: cutleaf balsamroot, Balsamorhiza macrophylla, cleft-leaf balsamroot, large-leaved balsamroot


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Plant Guide: Cutleaf balsamroot: Balsamorhiza macrophylla Nutt.
Electronic Publish Date: June 25, 2013
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June 25, 2013

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