The quick and convenient step by step guide to growing your very own Mule's Ears!
Mule's ear, Wyethia angustifolia, is a sturdy perennial wildflower with large, sunflower-like flowers on 1’ stalks. It grows in many different plant communities, from woodlands to grasslands, and is found in many different parts of California, as well as in other parts of the West. It likes good drainage and full sun, often growing on slopes.
How To Grow Mules Ears Wildflowers
# 1 | 90 days cold-moist stratification. (Let seeds sit in a baggie in the fridge) Sow in the Fall.
# 2 | Prepare your soil by clearing the area of all existing growth. Simply dig up everything that is growing, turn the soil and rake the area flat. If this is an area that has never before been gardened, you may need to till the area up to remove growth.
# 3 | Mix the seeds with sand* for better visibility and scatter the seeds directly on top of the soil. If you are sowing a larger area, we recommend using a seed spreader; if not, you can sow by hand.
#4 | We recommend lightly compressing the seeds into the soil, making sure not to bury them. You can either walk on them or use a board
# 5 | Water so that the soil is moist, not soaking wet, until the seedlings are about 4-6" tall. After that, the seedlings will survive on natural rains. If you are experiencing very dry weather, we recommend watering occasionally.