Yellow Flowers (18)


Arrowleaf Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata)

  • Other Names: None
  • Family: Aster family (Asteraceae)
  • Season: April-June
  • Color: Yellow
  • Habitat: Open hills and meadows; sagebrush

Arrowleaf balsamroot is a large, sunflower-like plant. Each of its long stems are topped with a showy ray flower. The plants are usually one to two feet tall. Their leaves are large, arrow-shaped, and hairy. Their roots were eaten by Native Americans. They grow in all three areas.


Bare-stemmed Biscuitroot (Lomatium nudicaule)

aaaaaaaaa barestemmed biscuitroot
  • Other Names: Pestle Parsnip; Indian Celery
  • Family: Parsley family (Apiaceae)
  • Season: April-May
  • Color: Yellow
  • Habitat: Gravelly slopes

A relative of the nineleaf biscuitroot, the bare-stemmed biscuitroot grows upwards of 30 inches tall. The flower clusters sit on thin, hollow stems. The oval leaves near the base of the plants may be smooth on the edges or have a toothed edge right at the tips. This plant was a source of food for Native Americans. It can be found in MR.


Bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata)

  • Other Names: Antelope Bitterbrush, Antelopebush
  • Family: Rose family (Rosaceae)
  • Season: April-May
  • Color: Light yellow
  • Habitat: Arid foothills; sagebrush

Bitterbrush has five-petaled, radially-symmetrical flowers. The bushes can be upwards of 8 feet. Like big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), it has lobed leaves. Each leaf has three to five lobes and is hairy on the underside. The flowers have a spicy smell, almost cinnamon-like. It is eaten by native deer species. You can find them in all three areas.


Columbia Puccoon (Lithospermum ruderale)

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  • Other Names: Stoneseed
  • Family: Borage family (Boraginaceae)
  • Season: April-June
  • Color: Yellow
  • Habitat: Open hills and meadows; sagebrush

The Columbia puccoon sports rounded clusters of small (1/3 inch) flowers with five petals. The plants grow to 30 inches tall. The leaves and stems are hairy, giving the plant a grayish-green color.  It can be found in LHG.


Common Eriophyllum (Eriophyllum lanatum)

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  • Other Names: Wooly Sunflower
  • Family: Aster family (Asteraceae)
  • Season: May-July
  • Color: Yellow
  • Habitat: Forest; sagebrush

Common eriophyllum has many ray flowers with seven to eight petals each on short stems. They have wooly, silvery leaves and grow from 4-24 inches tall. They can be seen in LHG and CBP.


Common Fiddleneck (Amsinckia menziesii)

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  • Other Names: Rancher’s Fireweed
  • Family: Borage family (Boraginaceae)
  • Season: April-June
  • Color: Yellow
  • Habitat: Dry, sandy areas.

The common fiddleneck has yellow-orange trumpet-shaped flowers. The tiny flowers have five petals and unroll in a spiral like a fiddleneck fern. Their stems and leaves are hairy. The plants are generally one to three feet tall. They can be seen in all three areas.


Curlycup Gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)

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  • Other Names: Stickyheads
  • Family: Aster family (Asteraceae)
  • Season: May-August
  • Color: Yellow
  • Habitat: Arid, open landscapes

The flowerheads of the curlycup gumweed are distinctively pineapple-shaped and covered with tiny down-facing hooks. Both flowers and leaves are sticky (resinous). Each flower has dozens of petals. The plants can be anywhere from one to three feet tall. They can be seen in all three areas.


Golden Currant (Ribes aureum)

  • Other Names: None
  • Family: Gooseberry family (Scrophulariaceae)
  • Season: April-May
  • Color: Yellow
  • Habitat: Arid, rocky foothills

The golden currant is a flowering shrub with star-shaped flowers. The flowers have a spicy, vanilla-like aroma. The golden currant produces edible berries. The berries range in color from orange to black when ripe (usually July). Its leaves are distinctly maple-shaped. The shrubs are generally six to nine feet. It can be found in all three areas.


Goosefoot Yellow Violet (Viola purpurea)

  • Other Names: None
  • Family: Violet family (Violaceae)
  • Season: April-June
  • Color: Yellow
  • Habitat: Dry slopes; foothills

Goosefoot violets have bright yellow bilaterally-symmetrical flowers with five petals. The lower three petals have dark purple vertical lines. The leaves are spade-shaped and have ragged, faintly toothed edges. They grow from two to six inches tall. They can be found in LHG.


Low Hawksbeard (Crepis modocensis)

  • Other Names: None
  • Family: Aster family (Asteraceae)
  • Season: May-June
  • Color: Yellow
  • Habitat: Open hills and meadows; sagebrush

Low hawksbeard features many daisy-like ray flowers. Multiple varieties grow in the Idaho foothills. Low hawksbeard leaves are distinctive and have deeply-serrated edges. They grow to 30 inches. They can be found in all three areas.


Longspur Lupine (Lupinus arbustus)

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  • Other Names: None
  • Family: Pea family (Fabaceae)
  • Season: May-June
  • Color: Yellow and purple
  • Habitat: Sagebrush

Longspur lupine is one our most attractive wildflowers. It has elongated clusters of pea-like, bilaterally-symmetrical flowers in both yellow and purple. The flowers have a heady fragrance. They often grow in large numbers. The leaves are palmate, often with as many as a dozen leaflets. They can be upwards of two feet tall. They can be seen in MR.


Nineleaf Biscuitroot (Lomatium triternatum)

  • Other Names: None
  • Family: Parsley family (Apiaceae)
  • Season: April-June
  • Color: Yellow
  • Habitat: Gravelly hills; sagebrush

Nineleaf biscuitroot can be distinguished by its leaves, which contain three thin lobes that divide into three thin leaflets. Its round clusters of yellow flowers sit on a single stalk. Its edible taproots were eaten by Native Americans. The plants grow to two feet tall. They can be found in all three areas.


Oregon Grape (Berberis aquifolium)

  • Other Names: Mountain Holly
  • Family: Barberry family (Berberidaceae)
  • Season: April-June
  • Color: Yellow
  • Habitat: Open forests; meadows

The Oregon grape is an evergreen shrub that grows to three feet tall. The shrubs feature shiny, holly-like leaves. Its dense clusters of small, yellow flowers are replaced by edible, blue-black fruit by midsummer. Its roots have medicinal uses. It is found in all three areas.


Sagebrush Buttercup (Ranunculus glaberrimus)

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  • Other Names: None
  • Family: Buttercup family (Ranunculus)
  • Season: March-April
  • Color: Yellow
  • Habitat: Open forests; sagebrush

Sagebrush buttercup is one of the earliest blooming wildflowers, making an appearance in March, sometimes blooming when snow it still on the ground. The plants range from two to eight inches tall. The flowers have five shiny petals. The smooth, fleshy leaves are oval and can have up to three lobes. They can be found in all three areas.


Tapertip Hawksbeard (Crepis acuminata)

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  • Other Names: None
  • Family: Aster family (Asteraceae)
  • Season: May-June
  • Color: Yellow
  • Habitat: Open hills and meadows; sagebrush

Tapertip hawksbeard has up to a hundred, small, five-petaled flowers. Their leaves are distinctive and have deeply-serrated edges. The plants grow to 20 inches. Their stems exude a milky juice when broken. They can be found in all three areas.


Yellow Crazyweed (Oxytropis campestris)

aaaaaaaaaaa yellow crazyweed
  • Other Names: Locoweed
  • Family: Pea family (Fabaceae)
  • Season: May-July
  • Color: Pale Yellow
  • Habitat: Open, gravelly hills

Yellow crazyweed has elongated clusters of pea-like, bilaterally-symmetrical flowers atop reddish stems. The leaves are made up of small, ovate leaflets. The plants can be upwards of two feet tall. They can be seen in MR and CBP.


Yellow Salsify (Tragopogon dubius)

  • Other Names: Goat’s Beard
  • Family: Aster family (Asteraceae)
  • Season: May-July
  • Color: Yellow
  • Habitat: Open hills and fields; sagebrush

Yellow Salsify is a relative of the common dandelion. Each plant features a two-inch, ray flower on a hollow stem and a few narrow, grass-like leaves. Its seed heads are a larger version of the dandelion’s. They grow to three feet tall. They can be found in all three areas.


Sweet Clover (Melilotus officinalis)

  • Other Names: None
  • Family: Aster family (Asteraceae)
  • Season: May-June
  • Color: Yellow; white
  • Habitat: Open hills and meadows; sagebrush

Sweet clover is an introduced plant from Europe. It features elongated clusters of small yellow flowers and leaves with three leaflets. They grow to six feet tall. They grow in all three areas.


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