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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.


  • 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

12-24 Inches


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
  • Sun
  • 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
  • Accent
  • Border
  • Drought tolerant
  • Edging
  • Meadow
  • Naturalizes
  • Rock garden
Native to
  • California
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming