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Helianthus angustifolius

Common Name(s):
Narrow Leaf Sunflower
Categories:
Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Comment:

This nsative plant is a member of the aster or sunflower family is a favorite of gardeners.  It has deep green sandpapery simple narrow leaves and blooms profusley with happy yellow flowers from late summer to fall..  It is a great late-nectar plant for butterflies.  Prune plants back in June for a bushier appearence when it blooms.  Narrow-leaf sunflowers are salt-tolerant and can tolerate water-logged soil so they are great for coastal gardens.  Under ideal conditions it can become weedy spreading by undergound rhizomes.

Season:
late summer, fall
Height:
6-10 feet
Flower Color:
yellow
Foliage:
Up to 7 in., very narrow, rough, sandpapery, simple, hairy leaves pointed at the tip; hairy stems; often has untoothed, stalkless cluster of smaller leaves in the axils
Flower:
2-3 in. flowers with a purplish brown disk and 10-20 petals; narrow, pointed, hairy bracts
Habit:
upright, can be leggy in partial shade
Site:
Sandy woods, wet prairies, thickets, low pinelands, flat woods, moist road shoulders, bogs, swales, ditches. Prefers moist soils and full sun.
Propagation:
rhizomes
Exposure:
full sun, partial shade
Soil:
sandy, salty, water-logged
Regions:
mountains, piedmont, coastal plain
Origin:
United States
Life Cycle:
perennial
Tags:
fall blooming, yellow flowers, butterfly plant, fall, salt tolerant, sunflower, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 2858

Narrow Leaf Sunflower Narrow Leaf Sunflower
J. Biochemist, CC BY-NC-2.0
Narrow Leaf Sunflower Narrow Leaf Sunflower
Eleanor, CC BY-NC-2.0