Eriophyllum pringlei, Pringle's Wooly Sunflower
Scientific Name: Eriophyllum pringlei
Common Name: Pringle's Wooly Sunflower
Also Called: Pringle’s Eriophyllum, Wooly Sunflower
Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family
Synonyms: (Actinolepis nivea, Eriophyllum multicaule var. pringlei)
Size: Up to 2 inches or so.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; stems more or less spreading; plants white-woolly.
Leaves: Green, light green; generally 3-lobed; margins rolled-under (revolute); faces woolly; alternate.
Flower Color: Golden yellow, flowers mostly sessile and solitary or in leafy clusters; flowers discoid only.
Flowering Season: March to May; February to July in California.
Elevation: 1,000 to 6,500 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Mesas, plains, canyons, hillsides, sandy or gravelly soil in various habitats; desert scrub, chaparral,sagebrush or woodland.
Recorded Range: Rare in the United States where it is native only to AZ, southeast CA and southern NV. Also native to Baja California and northern Mexico. Limited in distribution in Arizona to the central, southern and northwest parts of the state.
North America & US County Distribution Map for Eriophyllum pringlei.
U.S. Weed Information: No data available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No data available.
Wetland Indicator: No data available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No data available.
In the Southwestern United States: Arizona has 5 species of genus, California has 13 species, Nevada has 5 species, New Mexico has 1 species, Texas has 0 species, Utah has 3 species. Statistics include genus Antheropeas. All data is approximate and subject to taxonomic changes.
Comments: Pringle's Woolly Sunflower is the only one of 3 species of Eriophyllum native to Arizona without ray florets. Pringle's Woolly Sunflower is partial to the Mohave Desert and Lower Colorado Basin area although it is native to both the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. Although the Lower Colorado River Basin is a sub-division of the Sonoran desert it possess characteristics similar to the Mojave Desert.