Eriogonum douglasii var. meridionale is a great mat for the garden. It forms a silvery gray cushion two inches tall and up to twelve inches across. The leaves are densly lanate on both surfaces. In early spring it is studded with one inch yellow pompoms suspended atop two-three inches slender scapes. In bud they display a blush of ocher red. When the flower heads are through blooming they change color to a deep rust and can hang around all summer before they shatter.
E. douglasii var. meridionale is native to CA, NV, and OR. I have found it growing on slopes composed of a matrix of heavy clay and broken volcanic rock. In the early spring these slopes can turn into a quagmire. By late summer they are brick hard.
I have known people to mistake this plant for E. caespitosum there is an easy way to differentiate them. E. douglasii var. meridionale will have a whorl of bracts midway up the scapes.