Eriophyllum staechadifolium (Seaside Woolly Sunflower) - A dense native evergreen subshrub to 1 to 2 feet tall with a rounded form and having white stems that are mostly hidden by the crowded deeply divided leaves that first emerge a gray color, but mature to dark green and have margins that are rolled under. In summer appear the abundantly produced small golden daisy flowers consisting of both ray and disk florets that are clustered at the tips of 2- to 3-foot-long stems.
Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil where it requires little irrigation but tolerates a more regular watering and looks better with at least occasional irrigation. Cold hardy to 10 degrees F or less. A bit of a sleeper out of bloom with leaves that have a bit of a bitter aroma when bruised but very attractive plant when in in flower that is somewhat reminiscent of a large yarrow.
Eriophyllum staechadifolium grows primarily along the coast from Santa Barbara County northward to Oregon and on the Channel Islands where it can be found in dunes and coastal scrub at elevations under 300 feet. The name for the genus comes from the Greek words 'erion' meaning "wool" and 'phyllon' meaning "leaf," referring to the wooly white hairs that cover the plant and the specific epithet is an alternative spelling for stoechadifolium, which means leaves like lavender, from Lavandula stoechas also known as Spanish lavender. The deeply lobed leaves with rolled-under edges are also thought to have the shape of a lizard when viewed from above which has also given the plant the common name Lizard Tail. Our plants from stock received from Suncrest Nurseries as they closed down in June 2023.
Information about Eriophyllum staechadifolium displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.