Constancea nevinii

Nevin's woolly sunflower


Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Occasional
Height X Width: 5' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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Description

Nevin’s wooly sunflower is endemic to the southern Channel Islands, but has much to offer native gardens in the milder portions of the state.  White, finally dissected foliage grows densely in an upright form.  Bright yellow umbels emerge in late spring, contrasting dramatically with the silver/white backdrop.  Moderate to well-draining soil seems best, along with sun to mostly sun.  Some shade protection is needed in hotter inland areas.  Surprising in light of its Channel Island home, Nevin’s woolly sunflower is tolerant of cold to 25F.  The better established the plant, the more cold hardy.  Planting near some protection – under eaves or the canopy of a tree – would also help during extended cold.  As with many shrubby members of the aster family, Nevin’s woolly sunflower looks best with pruning in late fall or early winter.

Characteristics

Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen