- Common Name(s):
- Woodland sunflower
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.) aliciae, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) helianthi, Melissodes (Eumelissodes) agilis, Dieunomia (Dieunomia) heteropoda, Megachile (Sayapis) pugnata, and Paranthidium (Paranthidium) jugatorium. This plant is occasionally damaged by deer.
- Mid-summer to early fall
- 2-7 ft.
- Lance to egg-shaped, toothed, 3-8 in., thick, stalkless leaves; broadest at the base; rough above, hairy below; smooth stems
- 2 in. flower head; 8-15 yellow petals; yellowish disk
- Dry open woods, thickets, clearings
- Life Cycle:
NCCES plant id: 2599