Helianthus divaricatus Helianthus divaricatus
- Woodland Sunflower
Helianthus divaricatus, commonly called Woodland Sunflower is a native plant that occurs in open rocky woodlands and thickets. It can grow 5' to 7'. It blooms from mid-summer to fall. Good fresh cut flower. Garden used include partially shaded borders, wild or native plant gardens, or naturalized plantings.
Regions: Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal Plains
Seasons of Interest:
Blooms: Late summer Nut/Fruit/Seed: Fall
Wildlife Value: This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer. It is a host plant for the Silvery Checkerspot butterfly. The flowers are attractive to butterflies and other pollinators. Its seeds are favored by songbirds, ruffed grouse, quail, mourning doves, and small mammals. 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.) aliciae, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) helianthi, Melissodes (Eumelissodes) agilis, Dieunomia (Dieunomia) heteropoda, Megachile (Sayapis) pugnata, and Paranthidium (Paranthidium) jugatorium.
Insects, Diseases, or Other Plant Problems: Taller plants may need staking.
Whole Plant Traits:
- Plant Type:
- Native Plant
- Leaf Color:
- Hairs Present:
- Stem Is Aromatic:
- Specialized Bees