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.
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.
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