Prettiest Native Sunflower

kelpSeptember 20, 2013

Which is the prettiest native sunflower? Tall is good. I live in southeastern MA, but it doesn't have to be native to the northeast, only be able to grow there. I saw a couple in High Country Gardens that I thought were pretty, (esp. Helianthus 'Dakota Sunshine'), but they say on their website that this area gets too much rain for that cultivar. I have clay soil, but can amend it with compost or sand if necessary. Thanks.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lycopus(z5 NY)

My personal favorite is Helianthus mollis.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 9:55PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Helianthus atrorubens.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2013 at 8:05AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bostedo(8a tx-bp-dfw)

Maximilian sunflower (helianthus maximiliani) should grow in your area. A bit different than others in the way it flowers up the stem. Said to get up to 10 ft, but seems to stay in the 4 to 6 ft range in our area (north TX) and does well in clay. May need support depending upon location.

Here is a link that might be useful: Native sunflowers with MA distributions

This post was edited by bostedo on Sun, Sep 29, 13 at 21:31

    Bookmark   September 21, 2013 at 12:47PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I like sawtooth sunflower-Helianthus grosseserratus- for a good, vigorous native sunflower. Truth is, it may be too vigorous in some settings. But a large expanse of this plant in bloom-like right now here in WI-is a sight to behold.

But your question is one of taste. I don't know what you like, so this is just one possibility.


    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 9:32AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dandy_line(3B (Brainerd, Mn))

H. paucifolia-stays small and doesn't colonize your garden and all the neighborhood around you, like some others we know.

A good way to keep the tall ones in check is to pretend you are buffalo and chop them down a couple times in the summer. By fall the 8 footers will flower about knee high.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 11:07PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Hi dandy line. I like H. pauciflorus-stiff sunflower-too, but it is also rhizomatous, and therefor capable of spreading clonally, and rapidly. It would be a better choice than grosseseratus for dry, upland sites, being better adapted to dry conditions.


    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 9:07AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I planted Helianthus argphyllus aka Silver Leaf Sunflower this spring. Its pretty. I only planted one to try it out but I'm going to save seeds. It is just now starting to make buds and its foliage is very pretty and fuzzy. I pulled this photo off google.

I look forward to seeing the Maximillians each fall on the roadsides but I don't have space for them. Its enough to enjoy seeing them in the wild by the hundreds.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 4:07PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo


This post was edited by NKUSigEp on Sat, Sep 28, 13 at 22:49

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 10:47PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Create well-adapted strains in the garden from foreign ecotypes?
Hi, Of course, it is ideal to cultivate the most local...
Most Underused Native Trees
What are the most underused native trees?
Annuals, Biennials, and Short Lived Perennials
I am interested in compiling a list of the above, mainly...
Indian story or legend about Sassafras leaves
This is a little out of the ordinary, but I am looking...
Avoiding Spreading Invasive Beetles
I was trying to find sassafras, which it turns out...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™