Name…. 1. the flower 2. the location

Prizes

First – Men’s Tee shirt with logo
or Women’s V neck shirt with logo

Second – 20 oz. Mug with logo

from Firehall Brewery

This is giftware and not an ad for a beer product

The winner: Kevin Tomlin
2nd Prize Jason Parker

Publisher: Ok its Balsam Root and yes the flowers are every where – usually flowering on the east hills to get the afternoon sun. Take Oliver Ranch Rd heading south – you come to large power lines and a pond below.
That is the spot where you can see the whole hillside of flowers.

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APPEARANCE

Balsamroot is a relative of the sunflower. Its leaves are coarse and arrow-shaped, and a single plant can have many yellow flowers.

RANGE & HABITAT

Balsamroot grows from B.C. and Alberta to California in plains and valleys and to elevations of 2,700 metres.

ANIMAL USES

Balsamroot is food for a variety of livestock, like sheep, cattle, horses and wildlife like mice and deer. It also acts as a cover for small mammals and birds, especially grouse.

TRADITIONAL FIRST NATIONS USES

This plant is, and was, used for numerous things because most of the plant is edible and high in fibre and energy content. The leaves were eaten, raw or cooked and the seeds were roasted or ground into flour. The roots contain an immune-stimulating substance and a sap used for disinfectant. The roots were often burned, using the smoke to cure headaches or fumigate rooms.

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11 Responses to Name…. 1. the flower 2. the location

  1. Jason Parker says:

    👍

  2. karen skaros says:

    This brings back great childhood memories. Our father, Allan Tomlin would always stop and let us pick bouquets of these for mom and grandma, always a “watch for ticks” warning as I was heading to pick, mom would also check the flowers and the Pickers for ticks when we got home. We were in the mountains on good friday and my Nephew and I took a walk and found all the flowers of my youth, yellow bells, buttercups, blue bells, shooting stars and sunflowers, it was fun to share with the next generation!

  3. Dale Dodge says:

    Arrowleaf balsam root, also called mountain sunflower. Location almost every hillside in the south Okanagan, but this one is on White Lake road area.

    Publisher: Ok its Balsam Root and yes the flowers are every where – usually flowering on the east hills to get the afternoon sun. Take Oliver Ranch Rd heading south – you come to large power lines and a pond below. That is the spot where you see a the whole hillside of flowers.

    1st prize Kevin Tomlin
    2nd prize Jason Parker (Kevin was quicker on the draw)

  4. Sandra Smith says:

    Not a good idea to pick a bouquet – ticks like hanging around them.

  5. Kathy Mercier says:

    Arrow leaf balsamroot
    Sawmill lake area?

  6. Linda Sheehy-Brownstein says:

    Flower: Balsam Root
    Location: Willowbrook Rd N of Fairview?

  7. Jason Parker says:

    Are we looking at the Balsam root (Balsamorhiza)? Or the Ponderosa pine aka yellow pine or bull pine (Pinus ponderosa)? Or some other leading flora in this picture which appear to be above Vaseux given the terrain, rock outcrops and burnt timber.

    Publisher: A technical answer from a forester standing near a tree on Sidley Mountain. Jason I can give your mother the prize.

  8. Meghan Vetsch says:

    Balsamroot arrowhead, and looking at McKinney Rd, from Manuel Flats?

  9. EUNICE Marriott says:

    Arrow leafed balsam root.

  10. Adrienne Cleave says:

    Balsam root?

  11. Kevin Tomlin says:

    We always called them sun flowers but they are balsome that looks like east of vaseaus lake

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