Common name: Woolly sunflower
Eriophyllum lanatum is one of the most cheerful and pollinator-friendly native plants. Small sunflower-like bright yellow flowers bloom from May to August. And the native bees can’t stay away. But not one deer is interested in this herbaceous perennial. Its blueish-green woolly foliage and hairy stems are a deterrent.
Woolly sunflower is native to sunny meadows and rocky outcrops of western North America. It reaches a height of 30-60 cm/12-24 in. This native plant is easy to grow. Both full sun and well drained soil are crucial. It is not fussy about soil and will even grow in rocky areas. But patience is needed. It takes time before woolly sunflower is ready to expand and flower nonstop. You just have to wait for it - like the beneficial insects do.
The pictures were taken in the B.C. Habitat Garden in June.
Text and photos by Hughie Jones