Eriophyllum confertiflorum (DC.) A. Gray var. confertiflorum

Golden Yarrow
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)


Golden yarrow is an abundant and widespread perennial shrub or subshrub somewhat woody at the base with numerous erect, slender, simple or few-branched stems and alternate leaves that are pinnately 3-5 lobed with very narrow linear almost filiform divisions, green above and white-tomentose beneath, and with revolute margins.  The many flowers appear in dense, corymbose clusters at the ends of branches and have 4-6 orange-yellow rays and 10-75 tubular, 5-lobed disk flowers with puberulent to glandular corollas. Golden yarrow grows 1'-2' tall and blooms usually from March to August.  It occupies dry slopes and washes in coastal sage scrub and chaparral, and is exceedingly variable.

Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Eriophyllum 2) confertiflorum.
Pronunciation: er-ee-oh-FIL-um kon-fer-ti-FLOR-um.
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