Balsamorhiza rosea (Rosy balsamroot)
Flowers that change from yellow to red with age
Rosy balsamroot has 6″-10″ long, somewhat toothed leaves that generally lay close to the ground. The flowers start out as 2″ yellow daisies that gradually turn to shades of red as they age.
It is new to cultivation, so we are still learning about its use in gardens. The only place it grows is in our part of Washington on ridge tops in rocky soil. That means it probably needs good drainage (i.e., pretty dry) with perhaps some rocks mixed into the soil. It may need more moisture in the early part of the spring and thereafter a little water every couple weeks may keep it green through summer. It may not be tolerant of excessive water. Photo by Donna Lucas
NOTE: will be dormant and pot may look empty, but the roots have been checked and look healthy.