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Helianthus decapetalus (Thinleaf sunflower)
Cressler, Alan

Helianthus decapetalus

Helianthus decapetalus L.

Thinleaf sunflower, Ten-petaled sunflower, Thin-leaved sunflower, Pale sunflower

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Helianthus scrophulariifolius, Helianthus tracheliifolius


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow


USA: AL , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , ON , QC
Native Habitat: Woodland,Forest Edge

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Sandy


Use Wildlife: Birds, Butterflies, Bees
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Larval Host: Silvery Checkerspot, Painted Lady

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Silvery Checkerspot
(Chlosyne nycteis)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA
Painted Lady
(Vanessa cardui)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery - Orefield, PA
Sunshine Farm & Gardens - Renick, WV
Toadshade Wildflower Farm - Frenchtown, NJ

Research Literature

Reslit 997 - Cutting propagation and container production of 'Flora Sun' beach sunflower (2000) J. G. Norcini and J. H. Aldrich
Reslit 1217 - Genome scan of hybridizing sunflowers from Texas (Helianthus annuus and H. debilis) reveals asymmetric patterns of introgression and small islands of genomic differentiation (2010) M. Scascitelli, K. D. Whitney, R. A. Randell, M. K...
Reslit 1229 - Phylogenetic relationships in Helianthus (Asteraceae) based on nuclear ribosomal DNA internal transcribed spacer region sequence data (1998) E. E. Schilling, C. R. Linder, R. D. Noyes and L. ...
Reslit 1503 - Adaptive introgression of herbivore resistance traits in the weedy sunflower Helianthus annuus (2006) K. D. Whitney, R. A. Randell and L. H. Rieseberg
Reslit 1683 - Callus development and plant regeneration from different explants of six wild species of sunflower (Helianthus L.) (1992) M. S. Punia and N. E. Bohorova
Reslit 1785 - First report of a 'Candidatus Phytoplasma asteris'-related strain associated with little leaf disease of Helianthus debilis in Florida, USA (2008) N. A. Harrison and E. E. Helmick
Reslit 1975 - Helianthus annuus ssp. texanus has chloroplast DNA and nuclear ribosomal RNA genes of Helianthus debilis ssp. cucumerifolius (1990) L. H. Rieseberg, S. Beckstromsternberg and K. Doan
Reslit 2022 - Pollinator efficiency of some insects in relation to wild species populations of Helianthus L (1997) S. Meynie and R. Bernard
Reslit 2062 - Transfer of Powdery Mildew Resistance from Helianthus debilis Nutt. to Cultivated Sunflower (1985) C. C. Jan and J. M. Chandler
Reslit 2124 - Evaluation of Cucumberleaf Sunflower, Helianthus debilis Nutt for Beautification and Erosion Control on Coastal Areas (1982) R. M. Craig and D. C. Smith

This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resources

USDA: Find Helianthus decapetalus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Helianthus decapetalus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Helianthus decapetalus


Record Modified: 2014-09-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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