Santa Ana River Woolystar
(Eriastrum densifolium ssp. sanctorum )
Photo Copyright 2003 Nina Jimerson
Description: Perennial, erect, and much branched herb, 10 - 30 inches (2.5-7.5dm) tall. Entire plant is wooly. Leaf is narrow, 3/8 - 2 inches (10-50mm) long, with 2-6 lobes. Inflorescence is a head with blue, star-like flowers. Corolla is 1 - 1 1/4 inches (25-32mm) long, funnel shaped, with a tube greater than 1 1/8 inch (30mm) long. Fruit is a capsule.
Habitat: Gravelly river beds, coastal sage scrub, chaparral. elevation 480 - 1952 feet.
Flowering Period: Blooms June - September.
Status: Federal Endangered, California State Endangered, California Native Plant Society List 1B