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Golden Yarrow
Eriophyllum confertiflorum
  
About Golden Yarrow (Eriophyllum confertiflorum) 21 Nurseries Carry This Plant Golden Yarrow is a flowering plant in the daisy family which is also known by the common name yellow yarrow. This is a highly variable plant which can be either an annual, perennial or small shrub. It is native to California from the San Francisco Bay Area to San Diego County and Baja California, as well as the foothills of the Sierras. It can be found in a number of plant communities and habitats including chaparral, coastal sage shrub, and southern oak woodland. The plant grows in large clumps or stands of many erect stems often exceeding half a meter in height. It has greenish to gray-green stems and foliage, the leaves sharply lobed and divided. The top of each stem is occupied by a flower cluster of up to 30 flower heads, each bright golden yellow head with a large center of disc florets and usually a fringe of rounded to oval ray florets. Its long blooming season makes it welcome in the garden. The fruit is an achene with a very short pappus. It is quite cold tolerant but will become deciduous under drought stress.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb, Perennial herb, Shrub

Size
Size
1.6 - 2.3 ft tall
1.5 ft wide

Form
Form
Upright Columnar

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Summer Semi-Deciduous, Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported
 
Very attractive to pollinators, especially butterflies

 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 6 likely * ) SHOW ALL
Platyptilia williamsii Image
Platyptilia williamsiiPlatyptilia williamsii
*
Telethusia ovalis Image
Telethusia ovalisTelethusia ovalis
*
Phalonidia latipunctana Image
Phalonidia latipunctanaPhalonidia latipunctana
*
Phtheochroa aegrana Image
Phtheochroa aegranaPhtheochroa aegrana

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 2x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 5° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates clay soil. Tolerates Sodic Soil. Soil PH: 5.0 - 8.0

Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Maintenance
Maintenance
Deadhead to extend blooming

Propagation
Propagation?
By seeds or cuttings

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Openings in woodlands or shrublands, in a variety of settings from coastal bluffs to inland hills and canyons

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 3.8" - 119.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 4.07", Coldest Month: 19.6" - 58.2", Hottest Month: 41.1" - 86.9", Humidity: 0.42" - 37.96", Elevation: 0" - 11399"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Golden-yarrow, Yellow Yarrow


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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