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Eriophyllum staechadifolium (Seaside Woolly Sunflower)

Seaside Woolly Sunflower, Lizard Tail


Growing along the Pacific coast of Oregon and California, Eriophyllum staechadifolium (Seaside Woolly Sunflower) is a showy evergreen perennial or shrub of variable size depending on its exposure to harsh coastal wind and saline spray. It may be small and clumpy or quite sprawling. The leaves are shiny and bright green above, silvery-green and finely hairy underneath. They are divided into widely-spaced lobes. In late spring to late summer, clusters of tightly packed brilliant golden-yellow flower heads are borne atop the foliage. They are attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Native to the coastline of Oregon and California including the Channel Islands, Seaside Woolly Sunflower is a plant of the beaches, dunes, and coastal scrub. Ideal for coastal situations, Seaside Woolly Sunflower tolerates full sun, wind, salt spray and drought.

  • Grows up to 2-5 ft. tall (60-150 cm) and 4-5 ft. wide (120-150 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun to part shade in sandy, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant but appreciates occasional summer waterings. Water maximum twice per month in summer after the plant is established. This plant is also salt spray tolerant.
  • An excellent choice for beds and borders, coastal gardens, cottage gardens or as a groundcover.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Deer resistant.
  • Propagate by seed. No treatment.
  • Native to California, Oregon.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Climate Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 5' (60cm – 150cm)
Spread 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rocky Soil, Salt
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Climate Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 5' (60cm – 150cm)
Spread 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rocky Soil, Salt
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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