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Helianthus praecox (Texas sunflower)
Leander, Bruce

Helianthus praecox

Helianthus praecox Engelm. & A. Gray

Texas Sunflower

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


USDA Symbol: HEPR2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Shape: Deltoid , Ovate
Leaf Margin: Serrate , Serrulate
Leaf Base: Cordate
Size Notes: Up to about 5 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: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov



Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1299 Collected 2009-10-07 in Brazoria County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

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


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

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