A profusion of golden yellow flowers appears for two to three weeks starting in early autumn. Daisy-like flowerheads are 3 inches across with 15 to 20 yellow ray florets radiating from a flat-topped purple or dark brown cone. The entire plant looks like a giant flame, drawing the attention of gardeners and many species of butterflies, bees, and other nectar feeders.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis tall U.S. native is great for a perennial border, meadow, or butterfly garden.
CareGrow in full sun and moist but well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil. Needs ample moisture. May require support.
PropagationDivide in spring or autumn. Root basal cuttings in spring. Or start from seed.
ProblemsCommon: downy mildew, powdery mildew, canker, rust, and many fungal leaf spots. Also susceptible to damage from caterpillars, cutworms, beetles, and weevils.
- Genus : Helianthus
- Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
- Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
- Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
- Bloom Time : Fall
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
- Light : Full Sun
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Maintenance : Moderate
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Flower Color : Yellow