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Siskiyou woolly sunflower (Eriophyllum lanatum 'Siskiyou') - Photo: San Francisco Botanical Garden

Eriophyllum lanatum 'Siskiyou'

Siskiyou woolly sunflower

Siskiyou woolly sunflower forms a low mat of gray-green woolly foliage up to 1' tall and 2-3' wide.  Yellow daisy-like flowers bloom spring through fall.

Woolly sunflower (Eriophyllum lanatum) is an extremely variable species.  It's native range covers a wide area from the immediate coast to the high mountains of California and into Oregon.  The cultivar 'Siskiyou' was introduced by Siskiyou Rare Plant Nursery.

Siskiyou woolly sunflower has gray-green woolly foliage and forms low mats up to 1' tall and 2-3' wide.  Sunny 2" wide faisy-like flowers bloom over a long period from spring through fall.

This tough versatile perennial thrives in full sun or light shade.  It prefers soils that drain reasonably freely.  Once established, it'll survive on rainfall alone in coastal areas.

The flowers are great sources of pollen and nectar for butterflies, bees and other insects.

Siskiyou woolly sunflower Growing and Maintenance Tips

Very little maintenance is needed.  A light annual pruning after blooming's finished will help to keep plants bushy.


1 ft


2-3 ft


2-3 ft

Eriophyllum lanatum 'Siskiyou' Characteristics


  • California native
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Wind resistant
  • Fast-growing
  • Portola Valley Ranch approved
  • Long Blooming
  • Evergreen

Flower color

  • Yellow / Chartreuse

Foliage color

  • Silver, White, Grey

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Prostrate


  • Sunny all day - Coast
  • Sunny all day - Inland
  • Morning sun
  • Light or dappled shade

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Spring
  • Fall
  • Summer

Season of interest (foliage)

  • Year round

Your soil type

  • Sand
  • Loam
  • Clay-loam
  • Clay
  • Sandy loam

Water requirements

  • None - Low
  • None

Critter resistance

  • Deer resistant
  • Rabbit resistant

Wildlife appeal

  • Attracts beneficial insects
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Attracts bees

Suggested uses

  • Under CA native oaks
  • Groundcover
  • Firescaping
  • Rock garden
  • Container
  • Median strip
  • Green roof


  • California
  • Pacific NW (North CA, OR, WA, BC, AK)

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