Wyethia angustifolia

Narrow Leaf Mule Ears

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Occasional
Height X Width: 3' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



This sunflower brightens sunny meadows and grasslands throughout the northern half of the state. Following summer dormancy, the tuberous root of mule ears species sends up numerous wide, lance-shaped leaves (look like mule ears). The leaves of narrow leaf mule ears are rather short, so the plant may not be noticed until its bright yellow flowers appear. These attract a wide range of pollinators. The abundant seeds that follow also support birds and other wildlife. Mule ears go dormant after flowering to reappear the following year. Narrow leaf mule ears is tolerant of some additional water during the growing season, but this addition will not prevent dormancy.


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