Eriogonum sphaerocephalum var. sphaerocephalum is found growing on exposed slopes, composed of course rocky mineral clays. This species seems to prefer the more stable deposits on the gentle slopes and terraces among rocky outcroppings.
Blooms mid June -early July. The flowers are yellow, infloresence is umbellate and held
3”-4” above the foliage.
The plants grow as erect, domed twiggy subshruds 6”-8” tall and 8”-10” across. The leaves are small
narrowly odlanceolate, with revolute margins and gray tomentose on both surfaces. The edges roll inward as the summer heat increases becoming linear in aspect. An adaptaion to help midigate loss of moisture.
It is a great little subshrub, as it holds it's tidy character under cultivation. The flower heads persist, through October turning a burnt orange color as they ripen and dry.
This grows in the north east corner of CA across northern NV northward into eastern OR & WA and southern ID.