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Helianthus pauciflorus (Stiff sunflower)
Smith, R.W.

Helianthus pauciflorus

Helianthus pauciflorus Nutt.

Stiff Sunflower, Prairie Sunflower

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


USDA Symbol: HEPA19

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
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: Red , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AR , CO , CT , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OK , PA , RI , SD , TX , VA , VT , WI , WY
Canada: AB , MB , ON , QC , SK

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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

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


Record Modified: 2022-12-28
Research By: TWC Staff

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