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Helianthus atrorubens

Common Name(s):
Appalachian sunflower, Purpledisc sunflower
Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers

Helianthus atrorubens, commonly called the purpledisk sunflower is a native wildflower in the sunflower family, Asteraceae.  It is found throughout the coastal states of southeastern US from Louisiana to Virginia, plus the inland states of Kentucky and Tennessee.

Regions:  Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal Plains

Seasons of Interest: 

     Blooms: Late Summer/Fall             Nut/Fruit/Seed:  Fall

Wildlife Value:  This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer.  It is the host plant for the Silverly Checkerspot butterfly.  Its flowers are attractive to butterflies and other pollinators.  Its seeds are favored by songbirds, ruffed grouse, quail, morning doves, and small mammals.  



Summer, fall
3-4 ft.
The Purpledisc sunflower has opposite, with leaf pairs in a whorled pattern around the stem. Leaf blades are lanceolate to ovate with serrate margins. They are hairy and rough on top pubescent on the bottom. The leaf size gets noticeably smaller as the leaves reach inflorescence. The petioles often have a "wing".
The Purpledisc sunflower has multiple flower heads terminating a stem which is quite hairy in the lower half. It has glabrous to pubescent nearing the inflorescence. It has several flowers each on individual 3" pedicels. There are 10-15 yellow ray flowers surround dark purple-brown disk flowers. The 2" wide yellow daisy-like flowers with purple eyes occur in late summer and fall on 3-4' stalks.
Southeastern US
deciduous, songbirds, host, butterflies

NCCES plant id: 3333