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Helianthus gracilentus (Dwarf sunflower)
Pisapia, Robert J.

Helianthus gracilentus

Helianthus gracilentus A. Gray

Dwarf Sunflower, Slender Sunflower

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


USDA Symbol: HEGR3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Slender sunflower or dwarf sunflower is a tufted perennial with groups of stems rising only 1 ft. in height. Its leaves are lance-shaped and the 2 in., yellow, daisy-like flowers occur in profusion on long stalks.

Deer do not seem to eat this wildflower.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


Native Distribution: C. & s. CA outer Coast Ranges
Native Habitat: Dry hillsides; 200-6000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry soils.
Conditions Comments: Deer do not seem to eat this wildflower.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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


Description: Sow seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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