The balsamroot plants on our ranch are having a good season. They like the open grassland mostly on north-facing slopes near the top of ridges. It’s easy to think they’re mules ear from a distance as the flowers are so similar, but up close it’s easy to differentiate between the two as their leaves are nothing like the large leaves that give mules ear its name.
We had a lot of rain this year and there’s more balsamroot blooming than I’ve ever seen before.
Here’s a link to more information about this uncommon plant which can be found in the east bay hills.