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Wyethia angustifolia (Narrowleaf Mule Ears)

California Compassplant, California-compassplant, Narrowleaf Mule Ears


Wyethia angustifolia (Narrowleaf Mule Ears) is a showy perennial forming a basal clump of narrow, tongue-shaped, bright green leaves. Blooming for an extended period from mid spring to mid summer, a profusion of large, long-stalked, sunflower-like blossoms, 3 in. wide (7 cm), are borne on upright stems. The flowers are particularly attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects. Narrowleaf Mule Ears is winter dormant and dies back to the ground. Native to the west coast of the United States from Washington to California, where it grows in moist meadows and dry, open grassy slopes, this perennial wildflower spreads by creeping, aromatic rhizomes to form showy colonies.

  • Grows up to 1-3 ft. tall (30-90 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Prefers full sun in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. However, this plant is not too fussy about soils and tolerates a wide range of conditions as long as adequate drainage is provided.
  • Low maintenance, this is an excellent choice for sunny borders, cottage gardens, butterfly gardens, wildflower gardens, prairies and meadows.
  • No serious pest of disease issues.
  • Propagated by seed. Seeds should receive cool-moist stratification 90-120 days for proper germination.
  • Native to California, Oregon, Washington.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Washington
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Washington
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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