Sunflower, Willowleaf

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

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A tall, 4-8 feet, member of the Asteraceae family, Willowleaf sunflower gets its name from its narrow drooping leaves that resemble those of a willow tree.  This plant prefers full to partial sun and average, well drained soils. Distribution is found in upland prairie habitats from Texas to Wisconsin, but can be grown in gardens throughout the United States. Its late bloom period, September-October, makes it a great plant for pollinators and migrating butterflies. With its many bright yellow flowers it can be a nice addition to a butterfly garden, native landscaping, or back yard border.

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