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Narrow Leaf Mule Ears
Wyethia angustifolia
  
About Narrow Leaf Mule Ears (Wyethia angustifolia) 7 Nurseries Carry This Plant Narrow Leaf Mule Ears (Wyethia angustifolia) is a native perennial herb in the Asteraceae (Sunflower) family that grows in central and northern California. It tends to grow in stream banks and springs, at elevations from 0-5,500 feet, from the coast to the Sierras. It is winter dormant and dies back to the ground. It has large flowers, up to 3" in diameter, that last from spring to summer.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Size
Size
3 ft tall
3 ft wide

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported
 
Numerous insects, including bees and butterflies, are attracted to plants in the Asteraceae family

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / week 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
Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils as long as adequate drainage is provided. Soil PH: 5.8 - 7.0

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Use with various native grasses, geophytes such as onion (Allium sp.), Milkweed (Asclepias sp.), and annual wildflowers such as Clarkia sp.

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: 3 mos. stratification. No treatment may give satisfactory germination.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7*, 8, 9, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Stream banks, springs, grasslands and meadows

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 4.4" - 133.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.19" - 3.85", Coldest Month: 28.1" - 61.4", Hottest Month: 50.8" - 88.8", Humidity: 0.03" - 26.55", Elevation: -53" - 8095"

Alternative Names
Common Names: California Compassplant, Narrow-leaf Mule-ears, Narrow-leaved Mule-ears, Narrowleaf Mule Ears


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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