Sunflower, Western

CHARACTERISTICS
Botanical Name Helianthus occidentalis
Life Cycle Perennial
Environment Full Sun
Preferred Sites Upland/Grassland
Bloom Period August-September
Flower Color Yellow

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Description

Western Sunflower is a relatively short growing member of the Heliathus genus, usually only reaching 2-3 feet in height. It is native to much of the eastern half of the United States where it prefers to grow in full sunlight and sandy soils. Although this perennial spreads through rhizomes, it is well behaved compared to other sunflowers. This characteristic makes it a suitable choice for butterfly gardens or other native landscaping.  The bright yellow flowers are in bloom from August-September. Relatively leafless, the naked flowering stalks make it easily identifiable, especially when in bloom.

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