Excerpt from Bjornson:
Eriophyllum lanatum var. integrifolium is an herb, though somewhat woody at the base. Its leaves are usually alternate and entire or lobed at the apex and woolly.
A search through the books on wild plants resulted in our finding the following reference to a common name for this plant which is so common on the foothills near Boise:
“There is now an attempt being made to popularize it under the name Oregon sunshine. This name seems to me especially appropriate, but it should be recognized as applying in a broad sense to all the Oregon Country, a great territory now divided into three or more states.”
Indeed, a bit of sunshine it is with its many bright yellow flowers made brighter still by the grayness of the leaves and stems. About its use, Gabrielson says:
“This cheerful yellow daisy has been widely distributed throughout the United States by enterprising nurserymen as ‘Oregon sunshine’. It is a useful and showy plant, of easy cultivation, and therefore of wide use in either the rockery or border.”