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Helianthus salicifolius

Willow-leaved Sunflower

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Helianthus salicifolius (Willow-leaved Sunflower)

Blooms in late summer or early fall with clusters of two inch wide, medium yellow sunflowers with dark brown centers on whitish green stems. It makes a good cut flower. The distinctive foliage, narrow, drooping, willow-like pale green leaves, provides interest all through the growing season. It will spread over time to form a dense colony. The plants can be cut back through late June to promote denser habit.


Height
48-72 Inches

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Spread
24-36 Inches

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Medium Yellow


USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Good Companions
Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya), Blue Sage (Salvia azurea), Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans), Shining Blue Star (Amsonia illustris)

Characteristics & Attributes

Nature Attracting

Songbird

Season of Interest

Mid (May-June)
Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

High
Moderate

Special Uses

Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Birds