Showy Sunflower, Helianthus laetiflorus

Showy Sunflower

Helianthus laetiflorus

Sun Shade:
Bloom Time: Late Summer/Early Fall
Zones: 4, 5
Soil Conditions: Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture: Medium, Dry
Color: Yellow
Fragrance: No
Height: 3 - 6 feet
Spacing: 1 foot

Aptly named, this is one of the largest and showiest of all the native sunflowers. The high contrast between the bright yellow petals and dark black centers give this sunflower a distinctive appearance. Blooming late in the summer, the seeds ripen just in time for migrating birds to gorge on them as they make their long journey south.
Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  Berries are toxic
  Divide every 4-5 years in spring or fall
  Cut back by half in mid-summer to prevent staking
Further Information

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