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Common Woolly Sunflower

Scientific name

Eriophyllum lanatum


Common Woolly Sunflower is a perennial wildflower species that can grow between 30 and 60 cm. Common Woolly Sunflower may also be referred to as Oregon Sunshine, Golden Yarrow, Yarrow-leaved Eriophylum, Dwarf Woolly Sunflower, or Pursh’s Woollyleaf. The leaves of Common Woolly Sunflower are 2.5-7.5 cm long, divided into several narrow lobes, and are silvery in colour. The Leaves and stems are covered in dense white hairs. The showy flower heads are a golden yellow colour and bloom May through July. This plant has a multi-branched, spreading form and is quick to establish. Common Woolly Sunflower is an important plant for pollinator species like Bees and Butterflies.

Planting conditions

Common Woolly Sunflower grows best on sites with dry, sandy or rocky soil that is well-drained. It has an excellent tolerance to drought due to the woolly hairs reflecting heat and reducing air movement across the leaf, which helps to conserve water. Common Woolly Sunflower prefers full sun conditions, but blooms in part shade as well. Common Woolly Sunflower can naturally be found growing in rocky areas along roadsides, bluffs, canyons, and in dry grasslands, thickets, and forests. In Canada, it is only found in BC at low to mid elevations from the coast to the southern interior.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Dry
    • Normal
    • Drought Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Wildflower
  • Plant type:
    • Wildflower
  • Height:
    • 30-60 cm
  • Spread:
    • 50-60 cm