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Eriophyllum lanatum

Common Woolly Sunflower

This short, dense perennial features 2" bright yellow ray flowers above a mound silvery-gray foliage covered with tiny hairs that give this plant its name. Its long summer bloom time attracts a multitude of local pollinators and its size makes it perfect for mixing and grouping in a sunny border.

Benefits

Masses of bright yellow daisies in summer
Silvery foliage offers great contrast and texture
Flowers are a native insect magnet!
An essential nectar source for native butterflies
Drought tolerant
Perfect for grouping in sunny areas

Height
12-24 Inches

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Spread
15-18 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-10

Native Range

Dry, open, often rocky areas at low to mid-elevations from British Columbia south to California and east to Montana and Utah.

Native Trivia

The Wooly Sunflower's stems and leaves are covered with wooly gray hairs that conserve water by reflecting heat and reducing air movement across the leaf's surface. The hairs impart an attractive, dusty gray color to the plant.


"I love the seeds from this plant's dried flowers but my native insect friends love its nectar!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Exposure
Sun
Soil
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Desert
Grassland
Foliage Color
Gray-green
Silver
Uses
Accent
Border
Drought tolerant
Edging
Meadow
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Native to
California
Idaho
Montana
Nevada
Oregon
Utah
Washington
Wyoming