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Helianthus annuus

Common Name(s):
Sunflower
Cultivar(s):
Full Sun Single
Category:
Annuals
Comment:

Moderate to high drought tolerance. 

Wildlife Value:  It is a great late-nectar plant for butterflies. Birds are attracted to seeds so leave standing dead flowers into the winter as natural bird feeders.  Members of the genus Helianthus support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) accepta, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) aliciaeAndrena (Callandrena s.l.) helianthiMelissodes (Eumelissodes) agilisDieunomia (Dieunomia) heteropodaMegachile (Sayapis) pugnataand Paranthidium (Paranthidium) jugatorium.  This plant is occasionally damaged by deer.

Season:
Summer
Light:
Sun
Color:
Gold, red-brown, yellow
Height:
12-108 in.
Space:
12-24 in.
Tags:
sun, annual, summer, red brown, nectar, drought tolerant, bees, birds, gold, specialized bees, deer resistant, yellow, butterflies, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 80

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