Perfect for a woodland garden, Pacific blacksnakeroot is a pleasant taprooted perennial wildflower that typically grows in meadows or partial shade in chaparral, oak woodland or mixed conifer forest. The thick flowering stems grow 1′-4′ tall; in fact, the specific epithet, “crassicaulis,” translates to “thick stem.” Little yellow, 3″-12,” umbel, head-like flowers bloom March-May and are attractive to many pollinators, including bees and butterflies. Pacific blacksnakeroot has alternate, palmate leaves that have 3-5 lobes that are sharply toothed. The plump, oval seeds are burred, with recurved prickles that cling to socks and fur. Native to California, Oregon and Washington, Pacific blacksnakeroot is a common and variable plant. It is not picky and is highly adaptable to different conditions and soil types, but it prefers sandy or well-draining loam. A member of the carrot or parsley (Apiaceae) family. The common name refers to the historic use of the leaves as a poultice for rattlesnake bites. Also known by the common name Pacific sanicle. Deer resistant.
Seed Germination Instructions
30-60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall or early spring.