Eriophyllum lanatum

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  • Scientific Name: Eriophyllum lanatum
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Common Names: common woolly sunflower
  • Codon: ERILAN

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Viridiplantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Subphylum: Spermatophytina
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteranae
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Eriophyllum Lag.
Species: Eriophyllum lanatum (Pursh) Forbes



General: Perennial, white-woolly throughout, 1-6 dm. tall, usually several-stemmed from the base.

Leaves: Leaves variable, 1-8 cm. long, entire to pinnatifid or ternate.

Flowers: Heads solitary on long peduncles; involucre 6-12 mm. high, the bracts broad, erect and keeled; rays 8-13, yellow, 5-20 mm. long; disk flowers yellow; pappus a toothed crown, or a few chaffy scales. Fruit: Achenes slender, 4-angled.[2]

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Common on both sides of the Cascades from British Columbia to California, east to Montana and Utah.[2]


Dry, open, often rocky areas at low to mid-elevations[2]


Wildlife: Butterflies - attracts orange sulfur red admiral comma and skipper butterflies.[3]


May be collected as: Seeds. Collect whole fruiting heads when fruit is completely ripe from mid-summer to early fall. Collection restrictions or guidelines: None: common and unlisted Seed germination: Good germination after cold storage and fall planting in cold frames Seed life: Many years when well stored Recommended seed storage conditions: Dry down to 5-8% moisture. Store cold at 0-2°C. Propagation recommendations: Good germination from seed. Soil or medium requirements: Recommendation 1:1:1:2 sand:pumice:peat moss:fir bark Installation form: Direct seeding into site may reduce seedling dormancy or loss. Recommended planting density: Dense and patchy Care requirements after installed: Good drought tolerance, no after care with appropriate planting time. Normal rate of growth or spread; lifespan: Rapidly occupies a restoration site. Long-lived.[4]

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-Archibald C. 2006. Seed production protocols for Anaphalis margaritacea, Eriophyllum lanatum, and Eriogonum umbellatum. Native Plants Journal 7(1):47–51. -Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, 2006, -Hunt, John W.; Boul , Rachelle D. ; Brown , Matthew R. ; Koenig , David A.; Leigh , Mark ; Pushnik, James C. 2006. Propagation protocol for production of container Eriophyllum lanatum plants (Potted nursery stock ); CSU, Chico Research Foundation, Chico, California. In: Native Plant Network. URL: (accessed 11 April 2006). Moscow (ID): University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources, Forest Research Nursery. -Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2004. E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia []. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. -Kozloff, E., 2005. “Plants of Western Oregon, Washington and British Columbia”, Timber Press, Portland -The Native Plant Network, -USDA, PLANTS database. -Vance, N., Neill, A., Morton, F., 2006. Native grass seeding and forb planting establishment. Native Plants Journal 7(1):35-46 Data compiled by: Sierra Smith 4/11/06

  1. Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved from
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 WTU Herbarium, Burke Museum, & University of Washington. Retrieved from
  3. Native Plants of North America. Retrieved from
  4. University of Washington. Retrieved from