The photo above shows hoary balsamroot as seen in grasslands from near Anatone, WA.........June 28, 2006.
Hoary balsamroot is a perennial wildflower from 15 to 70 cm tall. It is similar in appearance to Balsamorhiza hookeri and Balsamorhiza hirsuta but has compound pinnate leaves that have wider, untoothed or occasionally coarsely toothed segments.
The leaves of hoary balsamroot are largely basal, with each being as much as 10 - 45 cm long. The segments of the pinnatifid leaves of Hoary Balsamroot may be as much as 4 cm wide. In addition, a pair of smaller, pinnatifid stem leaves are often found above the base of the stem. The stems and leaves are silky-tomentose with numerous long, silky hairs. See the photos of the ventral and dorsal surfaces of the leaves below. The flower heads are solitary and fairly large with a very woolly involucre. Individual bracts are ovate or lanceolate at the base tapering to a point at the tip, which is often reflexed (See photo at right.). Each flower head has about 13 yellow rays of 3 - 6 cm length, although occasionally as many as 21 may be seen.
Hoary balsamroot is found from moist meadows to moderately dry open places at moderate elevations in the mountains. It blooms from late May through early July.
Hoary balsamroot is found from northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington est through Idaho to northern and west-central Wyoming and south-central Montana.