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Wyethia angustifolia  (DC.) Nutt.


Botanical Name


Wyethia angustifolia (DC.) Nutt.

English Name


California compass plant, Narrow leaved mule's ears



Wyethia angustifolia var. foliosa (Congd.); Hall





General Info


An annual plant 3–9 dm, ± rough-hairy. Leaves: basal blades 10–50 cm, oblanceolate. Inflorescence: peduncle 20–30 cm, soft-hairy; involucre 3–4 cm diam, hemispheric; phyllaries 20–30 mm, linear to ± lanceolate, generally not leaf-like, soft-hairy, ciliate; chaff scales 13–15 mm. Ray flowers 8–21; ligules 15–45 mm. Disk flowers: corollas 10–11 mm. Fruit 7–8 mm, ± hairy; pappus of 1–4 awn-tipped scales, 7–9 mm (and sometimes crown of smaller scales).

Herb Effects

Diaphoretic and febrifuge


UC/JEPS: Jepson Manual treatment for WYETHIA angustifolia
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Medicinal Use

A poultice of the pounded root has been used to draw blisters. A decoction of the leaves has been used as a bath to promote perspiration and thereby treat fevers.



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