Turkey mullein Doveweed

Eremocarpus setigerus

This diminutive, summer-blooming annual wildflower grows in open, dry areas.  It has felt-like pale pink-green leaves and greenish flowers, and grows to less than 1’ in height. Found in many plant communities from the coast to the foothills. Valuable seed producer for birds and small mammals. Reported to be problematic for livestock forage because of fibrous, indigestible hairs on the leaf, which can create blockages in digestive tracks of ungulates.

The plant was used by Indians to stupefy fish. Two different seed colors are produced by individual plants. It is thought that mourning doves, one of the main foragers of this plant, choose only one color form to eat, leaving the other to germinate later.