Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Eriophyllum wallacei, Wallace Eriophyllum

Wallace Eriophyllum is a small daisy-like species that grows up to 6 inches or so tall. Woolly Daisy, as it is sometimes called, blooms from March to July across its relatively small geographic range. Eriophyllum wallaceiWallace Eriophyllum is erect to spreading and the plants are often woolly tufted. The flower heads are mostly single on a short 1 inch stalk or peduncle. Eriophyllum wallacei Wallace Eriophyllum is a native annual that grows in elevations from 2,000 to 4,000 feet or higher in California. The plants are may be found in a variety of habitats from desert scrub to woodlands’. Eriophyllum wallacei Wallace Eriophyllum has green or green-gray leaves, spatulate to obovate, the margins are entire or 3-lobed. Eriophyllum wallacei

Scientific Name: Eriophyllum wallacei
Common Name: Wallace Eriophyllum
Also Called: Woolly Daisy, Woolly Easterbonnets
Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family
Synonyms: (Antheropeas wallacei, Bahia wallacei, Eriophyllum wallacei var. calvescens, Eriophyllum wallacei var. rubellum, Eriophyllum aureum)
Status: Native
Duration: Annual
Size: Up to 6 inches or so.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; plants erect to spreading; plants often tufted or woolly.
Leaves: Green, gray-green; spatulate to obovate; margins entire or 3-lobed.
Flower Color: Yellow; solitary flowers; flower heads on short 1 inch peduncle; flower heads bell-shaped; ray florets 5 to 10, yellow or rarely cream-white; disk florets 20 to 30.
Flowering Season: March to June; December to July in California.
Elevation: 2,000 to 4,000 feet; California, sea-level to 7,400 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Mesas and plains; sandy or gravelly openings, creosote-bush, chaparral, sagebrush or woodlands.

Recorded Range: Wallace Eriophyllum is native mostly to the southwestern United States in AZ, CA, NV, UT, WY. This species is also native to Baja California and Mexico.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Eriophyllum wallacei, as Antheropeas wallacei.

U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.

Genus Information: In North America there are 13 species and 27 accepted taxa overall for Eriophyllum. Data includes genus Antheropeas. Worldwide, The Plant List includes 13 accepted species names and a further 52 of infraspecific rank for the genus.

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. Data includes genus Antheropeas. All data is approximate and subject to taxonomic changes.

Comments: In Southwest Desert Flora also see; White Woolly Daisy, Eriophyllum lanosum, Pringle's Wooly Sunflower, Eriophyllum pringlei and White Woolly Daisy, Eriophyllum lanosum.

Date Profile Completed: 04/19/2017, updated format 10/10/2017
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California.
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search - as Antheropeas wallacei (accessed 04/18/2017)
The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 04/18/2017).
John S. Mooring & Dale E. Johnson (annual species) 2017. Eriophyllum wallacei, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 18, 2017.
Native Plant Information Network, NPIN (2013). Published on the Internet; as Antheropeas wallacei [accessed: 04/18/2017]. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas, Austin, TX.
Dale E. Johnson, John S. Mooring FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 21 | Asteraceae | Eriophyllum; Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 16+ vols. New York and Oxford.
SEINet synonyms, scientific names, geographic locations, general information - (accessed 04/18/2017).