Origin Of Genus Name: Eriophyllum is Greek for "woolly leaves."
Presidio Locations: Found in coastal scrub and bluff scrub.
Range In State: Throughout coastal California.
Description: Lizard tail, or Woolly Sunflower, has clusters of daisy-like yellow flowers. It is a mounding, coastal shrub that is highly drought, salt, and wind-tolerant. Fine white hairs appear on the stems, leaves, and bracts around the flower heads. A small dry fruit develops below the pappus, containing a single seed that is dispersed by wind or animals. Blooms May to November.
Native Californian Uses: Coast Miwok used the dried and ground seeds to make pinole, a ground meal. The Maidu and Miwok have placed Lizard Tail leaves on the body to relieve aches and pains.
Did You Know?
In 1915, a tragic fire at the Presidio claimed the lives of General Pershing’s wife and his three daughters. Pershing's son, Francis Warren, survived the blaze and chose to enlist in the army as a private during World War II. By the end of the war he had achieved the rank of major.