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Arrowleaf Balsamroot hillside!

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The Columbia Gorge that separates Oregon and Washington is one of our very favorite places in the northwest. The giant river with waterfalls everywhere, great hiking, and petroglyphs. (if you are lucky) Indigenous tribes have lived in that area for over 10,000 years. I am currently reading a book on early naturalist David Douglas who talks about visiting this very place in 1825 and collecting over 70 different plants. It's still amazing today. Behind Jayne you can see the beautiful Arrowleaf Balsamroot. (yellow flowers) Apparently the stems and seeds can be eaten, and have medicinal benefits, and the roots can be ground up for a coffee substitute. Who knew? The principals found in the root are similar to echinacea.

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