Root - raw or cooked
. The thick root can be eaten raw
Seed - raw or cooked. It can be ground into a powder and made into a bread.
There are no material uses listed for Balsamorhiza incana.
A decoction of the leaves, roots and stems has been used in the treatment of stomach pains and colds and as a steam bath for treating headaches
Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 6 days at 18°c. Either sow the seed in individual pots or pot up the seedlings as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer
Division in spring. Very difficult since the plant strongly resents root disturbance
. It is probably best to take quite small divisions, or basal cuttings, without disturbing the main clump. Pot these up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in the greenhouse until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer if they have grown sufficiently, otherwise over-winter them in the greenhouse and plant out in late spring.
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Requires a deep fertile well-drained loam in full sun
. Plants strongly resent winter wet
Hardy to at least -25°c.
Plants are intolerant of root disturbance and should be planted into their permanent positions whilst still small
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Associations & Interactions
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Polycultures & Guilds
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