An enormous plant, but which species?
Michael Moore talks about Balsamorhiza in one or the other of his books (lemmesee: ah yes, Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West.).
And he talked about it while I was attending his school, in 1998.
I've wanted a plant or three ever since. An enormous yellow-flowering Asteraceae, where the leaves are as useful as the root? Gimme gimme! Or at least, show me show me!
So I found one, I think, in the botanical garden in Gothenburg. Only, when asking them (by email) if that large plant was in fact a Balsamorhiza, they said "Probably. We have B. careyana, B. deltoidea, B incana and maybe a few others in the American part of the rock garden". That list is less than useful, so here's a pic of the plant.
Update 19Oct05: Jimmy Persson from the botanical garden in Gothenburg confirmed that yes, it's Balsamorhiza sagittata. Thanks for that, Jimmy!