[Goldenweeds: The Genus Stenotus Found East of the Cascade Mts. of Oregon and Washington]
Woolly Goldenweed, Woolly Mock Goldenweed, Woolly Stenotus
Stenotus lanuginosus var. lanuginosus
lanuginosus, Haplopappus lanuginosus ssp. andersonii, Haplopappus lanuginosus ssp. typicus, Haplopappus lanuginosus var. andersonii, Stenotus andersonii, Stenotus lanuginosus var. andersonii, Stenotus lanuginosus var. lanuginosus
Woolly goldenweed as seen along the Hells Canyon Rim Road, Hells Canyon N.R.A........June 28, 2008.
The photo at
right shows woolly goldenweed as seen at Granny View (along the road to Hat Pt.)
Wallowa-Whitman N.F.............July 8, 1999.
Woolly goldenweed is an attractive perennial wildflower which would be suitable
for a rock garden habitat. The numerous flower stems are erect, rising from
6-20 cm high from tufts of basal leaves. The herbage consists of a thin to fairly
copious covering of whitish, tufted and woolly hairs. The basal leaves are narrowly
oblanceolate in shape, erect, and range from 3-10 cm long and 2-7 mm wide. The
blades taper gradually to narrow petioles. They are soft to the touch with entire
margins, and arise from the ends of short stems. The stem leaves are much reduced
The single flower heads are found atop the flower stems. The involucres are
6-12 mm high with subequal, mostly green bracts. The outer bracts are usually
shorter and narrower. The larger bracts usually have noticable, paper-like (whitish
to cream colored) margins. The 7-20 rays are yellow and from 8-12 mm long.
Woolly goldenweed is usually found in rocky or gravelly places in the mountains
or in sagebrush at lower elevations.
Woolly goldenweed is found from central Washington south through eastern Oregon
to Lassen County in California, and east Idaho and western Montana. Note the
shorter, outer bracts and the papery, cream-colored margins to some of the larger
The 3 photos above shows close-up details of the flower head of woolly goldenweed and two guests as seen at Cold Springs Cow Camp in the northern Wallowa-Whitman N.F...........June 26, 2008.
The 3 photos seen directly above show close-up detalis of woolly goldenweed as seen along the Hells Canyon Rim Road, Hells Canyon N.R.A........June 28, 2008.
The 3 photos above show close-up details of woolly goldenweed at Cold Springs Cow Camp in the northern Wallowa-Whitman N.F.........June 26, 2008.
Woolly goldenweed beginning to blom along the Steens Mountain North Loop Road at a point about one mile below the upper limit of the juniper forest..........June 2, 2012.
Woolly goldenweed as seen (left) at Granny View (along the road to Hat Pt.) Wallowa-Whitman N.F...........July 8, 1999. The photo at right shows woolly goldenweed as seen in scablands along Forest Road 30 at the eastern edge of Big Summit Prairie, Ochoco National Forest........May 19, 2017.
The two photos above represent close-ups of woolly goldenweed as seen at Granny View along the Hat Pt. Road in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area...........June 26, 2007. Most of the individuals of this species had already finished blooming at this site which is where the other older photos were taken, albeit at a time two weeks later about one decade earlier.
Woolly goldenweed beginning to bloom at about 7900' near the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.....July 18, 2019.
Woolly goldenweed growing on rocky ground at left at the north trailhead for Baldy Mountain, Malheur National Forest..........July 2, 2010. The photo at right shows woolly goldenweed in bloom on scablands at the south rim of Umtanum Creek above Umtanum Falls, Yakima County, WA.......May 25, 2019.
A close-up of the involucral bracts of woolly goldenweed as
seen at Granny View (along the road to Hat Pt.), Wallowa-Whitman N.F.........July
Woolly goldenweed as seen along the North Fork of the Crooked River, Big
Summit Prairie, Ochocco N.F..........July 8, 1999. This species typically
has 7-20 ray flowers.
A close-up of the basal leaves of woolly goldenweed as seen
at Granny View (along the road to Hat Pt.) Wallowa-Whitman N.F.........July