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Wyethia helianthoides (Sunflower mule-ears)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Wyethia helianthoides

Wyethia helianthoides Nutt.

Sunflower mule-ears

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


USDA Symbol: WYHE2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Stout, leafy, hairy stems grow from a cluster of basal leaves, and have at top a flower head with about 13 white or pale cream rays and a yellow disk.

This species, the only white-rayed Wyethia, often forms dense patches in low spots in valleys.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: May , Jun


USA: ID , MT , NV , OR , WY
Native Distribution: From central Oregon to southwestern Montana, northwestern Wyoming, and northern Nevada.
Native Habitat: Moist meadows in mountains.

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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

USDA: Find Wyethia helianthoides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Wyethia helianthoides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Wyethia helianthoides


Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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