Osha

Below is a photo taken in macro mode of an Osha plant in Waterfall Canyon near Ophir, Colorado which has flowered recently.   It seems we’re pretty much in the peak season with respect to mountain wild flowers in the high country.

The roots of the Osha plant are often harvested for medicinal purposes; in particular treating upper respiratory cold and flu symptoms.

Osha is the term used for “bear root” by the Ute’s who apparently witnessed bears seeking out and consuming Osha root after hibernation or when sick or wounded.

Cow parsnip flower looks very similar to that of Osha, but normally has much broader leaves.