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Plant Guide: Cutleaf balsamroot: Balsamorhiza macrophylla Nutt.Author(s): Loren St. John; Derek Tilley
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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DescriptionLivestock 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.
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CitationSt. 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.
Keywordscutleaf balsamroot, Balsamorhiza macrophylla, cleft-leaf balsamroot, large-leaved balsamroot
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