Scabrethia scabra, Badlands Mule-Ears
Scientific Name: Scabrethia scabra
Common Name: Badlands Mule-ears
Also Called: Badland Mulesears, Badlands Wyethia
Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family
Synonyms: (Wyethia scabra)
Size: Up to 2 feet
Growth Form: Forb/herb, subshrub; erect low mounding with woody base; multiple light green or whitish stems; older dried growth visible.
Leaves: Green; alternate, lanceolate with prominent midvein.
Flower Color: Yellow flower heads up to 4 inches wide, single radiate heads; few to many flower heads, fruit an achene.
Flowering Season: June to October
Elevation: 5,000 to 6,000 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Dry slopes, mesas, sandy soil.
Recorded Range: In the United States, Badlands Mule-Ears is found in the west in AZ, CO, MT, NM, UT and WY, primarily in AZ, UT and WY. In Arizona it is found in the northern part of the state.
North America & US County Distribution Map for Scabrethia scabra.
North America species range map for Badlands Mule-Ears, Scabrethia scabra: Click image for full size map
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.
Scabrethia scabra ssp. attenuata, Badlands Mule-ears;
Scabrethia scabra ssp. canescens, Badlands Mule-ears;
Scabrethia scabra ssp. scabra, also Badlands Mule-ears.
Comments: Badlands Mule-Ears is relatively common in northern Arizona in locations of preferred habitat. The photo above was taken June 17, at Monument Valley, Navajo County, Arizona.