Balsam Root Seeds
Balsam Root Seeds
Chemical-free farm-grown Balsam Root (Balsamorhiza sagittata) seeds for organic growing.
All seed varieties are grown at our farm, Fireweed, or gathered sustainably from the near by wilds. We gather, process, and package every seed variety we carry ourselves with love and care in small batches. We never purchase seeds from outside sources to resell to you. All of our varieties are open-pollinated, grown without the use of chemicals, hybrid-free and GMO-free.
1 pkg (approx 50-70 seeds)
Balsam Root, Arrow-leaved Balasam Root, Okanangan Sunflower
Asteraceae (Daisy Family)
PNW of Canada and US.
The plants produce a large basal rosette of arrowhead-shaped leaves that are 6-12” in length, and a soft grey green colour. A multitude of sunflower-like flowers are born on single stems rising to 1.5ft tall through late spring and summer.
Balsam Root is extremely drought tolerant. It grows in the wild in semi-desert conditions along hillsides of sandy/rocky soil.
Seeds germinate most readily when planted outdoors in the fall. They may also be germinated in the spring in flats or outdoors.
Balsam Root seedlings may be watered in the first year but it is best to give them a spot that is dry year round. The plants do self seed so you may wish to cut back the flowers after blooming to prevent this. The entire plant dies back for the winter so may be cut back to a couple inches above the soil in the fall time.
Balsam Root plants produce one large, woody, bulbous taproot that can be harvested in the late summer, fall, or winter, of the second or third year of growth.
Though very bitter and pine-scented, Balsam Root has been used as a food source for indigenous groups of the BC interior.
Balsam Root is a wonderful herb for respiratory infections, expectorant, warming and stimulating and relieving congestion. The root is immune boosting and antimicrobial.
Apothecary Garden, Low Maintenance, Deer Resistant, Attracts Pollinators, Drought Tolerant, Xeriscape, Cut Flowers.