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Helianthus microcephalus (Small woodland sunflower)
Brundage, Stephanie

Helianthus microcephalus

Helianthus microcephalus Torr. & A. Gray

Small Woodland Sunflower

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


USDA Symbol: HEMI3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate , Opposite
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate
Leaf Pubescence: Tomentose
Leaf Margin: Entire , Serrate
Leaf Base: Cuneate
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 , AR , CT , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NJ , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , WV

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 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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2017-08-04
Research By: SET

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