Death Valley Bitterroot Botanical Magnet


Jumbo Botanical Magnet

3.5” x 2.5”

Bitterroot...long before explorers Lewis and Clark wrote about the beautiful purplish-pink flower of the Bitterroot, Native Americans were using its roots for food and trade. Tribes dug up the roots and dried them so they could be kept and used for months. The root was too bitter to eat unless it was cooked, and it was usually mixed with berries or meat. An Indian story tells how the Bitterroot came to be. It says the sun heard a mother crying because she couldn't find food for her family. The sun changed her tears into the Bitterroot so she would always have food for her children. The State flower of Montana, the Bitterroot, can found growing on mountain slopes, along streams and adorning valley fields.