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Helianthus salicifolius (Willowleaf sunflower)
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Helianthus salicifolius

Helianthus salicifolius A. Dietr.

Willowleaf Sunflower, Willow-leaved Sunflower

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Helianthus filiformis, Helianthus orgyalis

USDA Symbol: HESA2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A bluegrass prairie species, Helianthus salicifolius has numerous long, narrow, drooping leaves covered with soft hairs and a reddish central discs. It is typical of rocky outcrops with heavy soil.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 8 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: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: IL , KS , MD , MO , NY , OK , TX , WI

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


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

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