A stunning native sunflower, narrowleaf mule’s ears creates a sunny display on dry slopes and open habitat at low to mid elevations in the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains. A perennial wildflower in the sunflower or aster (Asteraceae) family, mule’s ears has large, showy yellow flowers up to 3″ in diameter that bloom May-July depending on elevation. It grows from a stout taproot, is drought-tolerant and prefers sandy to loamy well-drained soils and full sun. Tolerant of clay soil as well. Mule’s ears grows 1′-3′ tall and is winter deciduous. Generally found in yellow pine forest, foothill woodland, chaparral, valley grassland, and on open ridges. The large leaves are 3″ wide and up to 16″ long. Native to California, Oregon and Washington, narrowleaf mule’s ears is also known as California compassplant. Highly attractive to pollinators of all kinds, especially bumble bees and butterflies. Birds eat the seeds, especially goldfinches. Deer resistant! Seed germination requires three months of cold stratification.
Seed Germination Instructions
90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.