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Helianthus atrorubens (Purpledisk sunflower)
Cressler, Alan

Helianthus atrorubens

Helianthus atrorubens L.

Purpledisk Sunflower

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Helianthus atrorubens var. alsodes


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate , Ovate
Leaf Margin: Crenate , Serrate
Leaf Base: Cuneate , Truncate
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AL , FL , GA , IL , KY , LA , MS , NC , SC , TN , VA
Native Distribution:

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-12-28
Research By: SET

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