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Helianthus divaricatus

Common Name(s):
Woodland sunflower
Category:
Wildflowers
Comment:

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:
Mid-summer to early fall
Height:
2-7 ft.
Foliage:
Lance to egg-shaped, toothed, 3-8 in., thick, stalkless leaves; broadest at the base; rough above, hairy below; smooth stems
Flower:
2 in. flower head; 8-15 yellow petals; yellowish disk
Site:
Dry open woods, thickets, clearings
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
bees, birds, nectar, specialized bees, deer resistant, pollinators, butterflies, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 2599

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