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PlantFiles: Few-leaf Sunflower, Naked Stem Sunflower, Western Sunflower
Helianthus occidentalis

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Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helianthus (hee-lee-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: occidentalis (ok-sih-den-TAY-liss) (Info)

Synonym:Helianthus dowellianus
Synonym:Helianthus occidentalis var. dowellianus
Synonym:Helianthus occidentalis subsp. occidentalis

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Foliage:
Herbaceous

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive KSBaptisia On May 1, 2008, KSBaptisia from Beatrice, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

Beautiful, relatively small native sunflower. Not nearly as aggressive as most other perennial sunflower species, but will freely self-seed and spread by rhizomes.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Gainesville, Florida
Machesney Park, Illinois
Dracut, Massachusetts
Beatrice, Nebraska
Doniphan, Nebraska
Frenchtown, New Jersey



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