Wyethia angustifolia (DC.) Nutt.
California compassplant, California-compassplant, Narrowleaf mule ears
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Wyethia angustifolia var. foliosa
USDA Symbol: WYAN
Basal clumps of bright-green, narrow, tongue-shaped leaves, 1-2 ft. long subtend the 1 ft. flower stalks of this showy perennial. Large, showy, sunflower-like heads occur on the stalk. Thick, creeping, aromatic rhizomes increase the size of the colony each year.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: CA , OR , WA
Native Distribution: Cismontane CA from Tulare & San Luis Obispo Cos., n. to WA
Native Habitat: Open, grassy slopes; moist, open hillsides
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Variable with occasional summer moisture.
Conditions Comments: Mule ears is fall dormant. Old dead flower heads can be cut off unless the edible seed is desired.
PropagationDescription: Use treated seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Soak or stratify seed. Seeds should receive cool-moist stratification 90-120 days for proper germination.
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Wyethia angustifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Wyethia angustifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff