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Flashy 3-4 inch bright yellow sunflowers atop fuzzy stems from July through October, downy gray-green heart-shaped leaves up to 5 inch, forms colonies by rhizomes, easy to grow, drought resistant, tolerates clay soil (actually prefers poor soil!), attracts butterflies and pollinators, host plant for many beautiful insects including the Silvery Checkerspot and Gorgone Checkerspot Butterfly (Chlosyne nycteis and C. gorgone) and Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) caterpillars, Goldfinches and lots of other birds love the seeds.

Dry To Average
Full Sun
5-7 foot Tall
Plant Hardiness Zones: 2b-8a

Native Range: NS, s. QC and ON, south to GA mountains and e. TX. Rare in MI and OH

Germination - Easy: Cold Stratify 8 weeks.

Downy Sunflower 3.5 inch pot $12.75 (Temporarily Sold Out*)

Downy Sunflower Seed Packet $5.00

*We normally carry this item but are temporarily sold out. We expect to have it available again as soon as our plants in production reach sufficient size/maturity or we harvest more seed. In some cases, plants may be recovering from caterpillar damage (Monarchs love our Milkweed), wind or hail damage, rampaging woodchucks, downed trees, or other natural issues. We are constantly updating our web site so please check back again.

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