About Oregon Sunshine: This bright wildflower can be found in the western United States, springing up in dry and rocky locations because of its excellent drought tolerance. Its common name of “wooly sunflower” refers to the white, hairy surface of the leaves, which conserves moisture and reflects the heat of the sun. The genus name Eriophyllum comes from Greek words meaning “wooly leaf,” while the Latin species name “lanatum” means “covered with long wooly hair.” Lewis and Clark first described this flower at Camp Chopunnish, documenting their find on the 6th of June, 1806, near Idaho’s Clearwater River.
Oregon Sunshine Germination: Direct sow in late fall, planting just below the surface. For spring planting, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 60-90 days before sowing. Thin or transplant seedlings to 12-15" apart. This plant adapts well to areas with dry, rocky or sandy soil.
Growing Oregon Sunshine Seeds: Water seedlings until they become established. Mature plants tolerate drought well, and prefer dry soil. Excess moisture or poorly draining soil can cause disease. This plant develops quickly, blooming in their first season of growth. If blooming decreases, cut the plant back for new growth and blossoms. This plant spreads quickly if allowed to self-seed; to prevent this, remove the flowers after they have finished blooming but before the seed matures. This plant attracts butterflies and bees.
Harvesting Oregon Sunshine: For fresh flowers, cut long stems of flowers that have just opened and place them in water immediately; strip the leaves that will fall below the water.
Saving Oregon Sunshine Seeds: After flowering, the plant will produce small seed heads with mature black seed. Harvest the heads as soon as they ripen, since they soon drop their seed. Remove the heads and spread them out to dry, then thresh them to separate the seed from the husk. Store the seed in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Oregon Sunshine Info: Origin: US Native Other Common Names: Woolly Daisy, Woolly Sunflower, Pursh’s Woolyleaf, Golden Yarrow Duration: Perennial Bloom Time: Summer Height: 12-24 inches Spacing: 12-15 inches Light: Full Sun Soil Moisture: Dry USDA Zone: 5a-10b Seeds Per Oz: 112,000 Produces downy, gray green, finely lobed leaves at the base and 2” yellow daisy-like flowers with yellow centers.