Polygonaceae
Eriogonum douglasii

Douglas's Eriogonum

Cushion 2–16 in. across. Stems from woody base densely branched. Leaves linear to oval, in clusters along stems and at tips, very white with tiny fuzzy hairs on both sides. Halfway up flower stem is small whorl of leaf-like bracts. Flowers numerous in single round ball on hairy stalk, sitting in a cup with bracts turned back. Flower buds blood red opening to creamy yellow. Grows in dry, sandy, gravelly places, sagebrush or juniper flats, Ponderosa forests, into high elevations.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 1--12 inches
  • Habitat: Shrub-Steppe, Subalpine, East-Side Forest, Dry Rocky Sites
  • Found In: East Gorge, Wallowas
  • Native: Yes