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Oregon Sunshine, Woolly Sunflower, Woolly Daisy

Eriophyllum lanatum

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Eriophyllum (er-ee-oh-FIL-um) (Info)
Species: lanatum (la-NA-tum) (Info)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chicago, Illinois

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Klamath Falls, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Battle Ground, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 29, 2011, Windancer1 from Klamath Falls, OR wrote:

Elevation here in Klamath Falls, Oregon is 4,200', and the plant excells in large open spaces. Some groups are 2-5' in diameter, 12-20" tall and get watered when it rains. This is an arid, high desert location, with 1-4' snow fall and -0 in winter. Plants go dormant from Oct. thru April, then bust out with the Lupin to look like we are L.A. Laker fans (We aren't) in early Spring. They bloom from May - Sept. and attract Bee's, birds and dragonfly's. We let them self-seed, nature takes it from there. Soil is mild alkaline - mild acidic.


On May 9, 2011, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall,
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

Folk in the USA seem to have a lot of success with this little charmer -- I wish I was as successful.

I grew this plant from seed sowed in Spring. The plants grew well and by the winter had formed neat 'cushions' of greyish green foliage about 18" across. Some did not survive the winter wet, but the survivors produced masses of yellow flowers from late spring - about one and a half inches across for three or four months.
A happy bright informal plant which would associate well with yuccas, beach asters (Erigeron glaucus) and osteospermums. It will not usually flower from seed in its first year.

None of the plants survived the following winter. In the UK these plants are very prone to winter wet and need perfect surface drainage. I noticed how the... read more


On Sep 22, 2009, ALLWAYS4oclock from Chicago, IL wrote:

This is our second year with this beautiful perennial in our full sun Chicago border. My sister gave it to us after she acquired it as a seedling at a "plant trade" and we thought it was a Stachys byzantina (lamb's ear-but the taller variety). It did not bloom the first year, but did not spread out like lamb's ear. Then all of a sudden in the middle of the second Spring these beautiful yellow bursts sprung from the plant and began to bloom. Its flowers were very dramatic.The flowering season for us lasted April thru early September using a very rich commercial soil covered with wood chips to retain moisture. I would recommend this plant to anyone with a sunny spot where you need a little color-YELLOW !!!


On Jun 15, 2006, semiczech from Redding, CA wrote:

Indigenous to Whiskeytown National Park; observed along road approaching Whiskeytown Dam and shady areas near Whiskeytown Cemetery.


On Jul 16, 2004, jhyshark from Scottville, MI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I have one growing in 4b... it seems to have found a niche in which it will survive. It has never bloomed, but the foliage is a nice gray with interesting texture.


On Aug 14, 2001, talinum from Kearney, NE (Zone 5a) wrote:

The slightly sprawling 6-8-inch plants produce hundreds of 1-inch yellow daisies from the middle of May through the end of June. As summer heat builds, the foliage begins to take on it characteristic "dusty" look.
Overhead watering or high humidity will result in greener foliage and cause plants to melt out.