Plant Data Sheet


Large Photograph of Lomatium dissectum 

Species: Lomatium dissectum v. dissectum. Fern-leaved desert parsley.


Native Name: chalủksh


Traditional uses: Medicine, also comprises a major portion of the root vegetables used by the interior plateau peoples of British Columbia, Washington Idaho and Montana.



State Distributional Map for LODI


Elevation: From low to mid elevations.



Local occurrence: L. dissectum is found from British Columbia and Alberta south to California, Colorado and Arizona. Low to mid elevations.



Habitat preferences:  Grows on open, dry, rocky slopes. Drought tolerant.

Intermediate Shade Tolerance


May be collected as: seed, tubers

Seed germination: Seeds exhibit morpho-physiological dormancy, cold stratification


Propagation recommendations: Seeds are placed in cold moist stratification for 330 days. Germination occurs at 18 C


Soil or medium requirements: Fine, medium, coarse soils. ph minimum 6.5 ph maximum 7.5. Root depth 12 inches


Installation form: Container (plug), Bare root


Recommended planting density: Minimum-maximum.


Normal rate of growth or spread lifespan: Perennial, blooms early summer, fruits spring-fall, rapid growth period spring-summer. Short life span. Slow vegetative spread.




Hunn, Eugene. Ethnobiology class notes. 


Natural Resources Conservation Service

Data compiled by: Karen Suyama June 2005


Pojar J., McKinnon A.,1994 Plants of the Pacific Northwest, B.C. Ministry of Forests and Lone Publishing, Canada