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Helianthus schweinitzii

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
hee-lee-AN-thus shwei-NIT-zee-eye
Description

Schweinitz's Sunflower is a native sunflower in the aster family.  It is found in the clay soils in woodlands and along roadsides in the piedmont areas of North and South Carolina. 

Tuberous roots. Endemic to piedmont NC & SC, where it once occurred in natural forest openings and grasslands. Federal & NC Endangered species.

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Tags:
#wildlife plant#native perennial#NC native#disturbed areas#larval host plant#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#food source hard mast fruit#butterfly friendly#pollinator garden#audubon#woodlands#silvery checkerspot butterfly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#wildlife plant#native perennial#NC native#disturbed areas#larval host plant#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#food source hard mast fruit#butterfly friendly#pollinator garden#audubon#woodlands#silvery checkerspot butterfly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Helianthus
    Species:
    schweinitzii
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North Carolina to South Carolina
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers provide nectar to pollinators from July until the first frost. This is a larval host plant that supports Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis). The Silvery Checkerspot has at least 1-2 broods in the north from June-July in the deep south and Texas, they have as many as 3-4 broods from May through September.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Description:
    Displays from September to November
  • Flowers:
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Blooms from August to October.
  • Leaves:
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds