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    Author(s): Loren St. John; Derek Tilley
    Date: 2012
    Source: Aberdeen, ID: U.S. Department of Agriculture, NRCS, Aberdeen Plant Materials Center. 3 p.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Description

    Livestock and big game utilize Hooker's balsamroot. It is rated as desirable forage for cattle, sheep, horses and elk during the spring and for deer and antelope in both spring and summer (Ogle and Brazee, 2009). Leaves are grazed lightly and flowers are often eaten. The plant becomes dry and worthless as forage by midsummer (Forest Service, 1937; Herman, 1966). It is recognized by pollination ecologists as attracting large numbers of native bees (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Online). It may have some value for restoration but is not a dominant or major species in its area of adaptation.

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    Citation

    St. John, Loren; Tilley, Derek. 2012. Plant Guide: Hooker's balsamroot: Balsamorhiza hookeri (Hook.) Nutt. Aberdeen, ID: U.S. Department of Agriculture, NRCS, Aberdeen Plant Materials Center. 3 p.

    Keywords

    Hooker's balsamroot, Balsamorhiza hookeri, utleaf balsamroot, cutleaf sunflower, hairy balsamroot

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