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Northington, David K.
Helianthus petiolaris Nutt.
Prairie sunflower, Plains sunflower
USDA Symbol: HEPE
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A showy, 3-5 ft. annual sunflower with many-branched, erect stems. Foliage is dark green. Flower heads grow terminally on 3-4 in. peduncles. Ray flowers are yellow; disk flowers are red-purple.
The seeds of this sunflower attract birds.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , LA , MA , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , NC , ND , NE , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Great Plains, s. to TX, AZ & adjacent Mex.; naturalized eastward & occasionally westward Native Habitat:
Open, sandy prairies, plains & disturbed areas USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Sibley Nature Center
- Midland, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0929A
Collected Oct 25, 1994 in Bexar County by Mike FoxNPSOT 0929C
Collected Oct 25, 1994 in Bexar County by Mike FoxNPSOT 0929B
Collected Oct 25, 1994 in Bexar County by Mike Fox
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Record Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff