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Eriogonum umbellatum (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)
Eriogonum umbellatum (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)

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Zones 1-24, 28-43
Full Sun
Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal

Eriogonum umbellatum

Sulfur Flower
Perennials, Shrubs


Individual blossoms are tiny but grow in long-stemmed or branched clusters—usually domed, flattish, or ball-like. Flowers age to an attractive tan or reddish brown and persist for a long time; good in dried arrangements. Flowers attract butterflies; birds enjoy the seeds. Grow best in well-drained, loose, gravelly soil. Useful for covering dry banks, massing among rocks; smaller forms make good specimens in rock gardens.

Eriogonum umbellatum

Native to the mountains of the western United States. Plants grow to the timberline and above. Low, broad mats of woody stems set with 1-in. leaves that are green above, white and felted beneath. In late spring or early summer, 4–12-in. stalks carry clusters of tiny yellow flowers that age to rust.

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