Helianthus mollis Lam.
Ashy Sunflower, Downy Sunflower
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Helianthus mollis var. cordatus
USDA Symbol: HEMO2
The Ashy Sunflower is an erect plant which grows 2-6 feet tall, branched in the upper part. The leaves and stems are covered with rough hairs. Leaves are opposite, 2-5 inches long, half as wide, and sharply toothed. Flower heads are 3-5 inches across, with 15-25 yellow ray flowers, deeply veined, about 2 inches long. The numerous disc flowers are also yellow.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
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 InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Brown
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MO , MS , NC , NE , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 1294 - The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Helianthus mollis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Helianthus mollis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Helianthus mollis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-12-28
Research By: TWC Staff