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Woodland sunflower

Helianthus divaricatus

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July through September, this sunflower bears golden yellow flowerheads with 8 to 9 ray florets around darker orange-yellow disk florets. Stems are tall and hairy; lance-shaped mid-green leaves are rounded at the base, appearing in opposite pairs.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsFound in partly shady places in the eastern U.S.

CareGrows best in moist but well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil, but tolerates a wide range of soils and growing conditions.

PropagationDivide in spring or autumn. Root basal cuttings in spring.

ProblemsCommon: downy mildew, powdery mildew, canker, rust, and many fungal leaf spots. Also susceptible to damage from caterpillars, cutworms, beetles, and weevils.

  • Genus : Helianthus
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Summer
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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