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Hall's Mule Ears
Wyethia elata
About Hall's Mule Ears (Wyethia elata) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Agnorhiza elata (syn. Wyethia elata) is a species of flowering plants known by the common name Hall's mule's ears. It is endemic to California, where it is known only from a section of the central Sierra Nevada foothills. It occurs primarily in a region stretching from Tuolumne County to Fresno County, but a few isolated populations have been found in Tulare County. Agnorhiza elata occurs in woodlands and pine forests. It is a perennial herb growing from a thick taproot and caudex unit. The hairy stem grows erect to a maximum height around one meter. The leaves have triangular blades up to 20 centimeters long. They are coated in woolly hairs and resin glands, and the edges are smooth or slightly serrated. The inflorescence is made up of one or more flower heads. The head has lance-shaped phyllaries and has up to 20 yellow ray florets which can be up to 6 centimeters long. The fruit is an achene over a centimeter long tipped with a pappus.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

3.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade


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

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Grassy places

Annual Precipitation: 18.6" - 44.7", Summer Precipitation: 0.38" - 1.39", Coldest Month: 29.8" - 49.1", Hottest Month: 55.4" - 76.3", Humidity: 1.65" - 25.60", Elevation: 1643" - 7883"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Hall's Mule's Ears, Hall's Mulesears, Hall's Wyethia

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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