Eriophyllum lanatum

Woolly sunflower

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Naturalize, Occasional, Regular
Height X Width: 3' X 2'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
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This little sunflower is prevalent throughout the mountains of Northern California, becoming a rare find as one moves toward the Transverse Ranges. It forms a low mound of deeply dissected leaves of a silver-gray color. The leaf surfaces are covered by fine hairs, which are not irritating to the skin. The white hairs lie flat on the leaf surface, contributing to their silvery appearance. Around mid-spring the yellow flowers appear, each on their own stem. Under favorable conditions, woolly sunflower produces quite a golden bouquet! While rather adaptable, this plant is best planted in soil that is fairly well-draining and receives a good half day of sun during the growing season.


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