Oregon Sunshine (Eriophyllum lanatum)

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Hardy plant with cheerful yellow blooms!

Oregon Sunshine is really just a dream plant to have in the garden! It loves sunny areas, where it produces a multitude of bright yellow blooms. It does really well in dry rocky areas like harsh sidewalk strips, but also doesn't mind some moisture. It has soft, fuzzy leaves that grow into a bit of a clump, from which many individual flower stalks grow.

All sorts of native pollinators love these happy yellow flowers, including butterflies, mining bees (Andrena spp.), sweat bees (Lasioglossum spp.), bumble bees (Bombus spp.), mason bees (Osmia spp.), and syrphid flies. It's also a host plant for painted lade butterflies.

We see Oregon Sunshine almost everywhere - roadsides, prairies, forest clearings, subalpine meadows. We think it belongs in almost every garden, too.

Photo Credit: "Oregon sunshine, Eriophyllum lanatum var. integrifolium" by Jim Morefield is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Perennial (multiple years)
Full sun to mostly sun
Moist to dry
Up to two feet
Bright yellow discs
Bloom Period:
Late spring to mid summer
Soft, fuzzy, almost whitish at times
Native Range:
BC through California, east to Montana
Typical Habitat:
Dry meadows, prairies, hillsides, roadsides