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Maximallian Sunflower

Helianthus maximiliani


The several tall, leafy, unbranched stems of maximilian sunflower grow to a height of 3-10 ft. Leaves are long and narrow, up to 10 inches near the bottom and as short as 2 inches near the top. They are alternate, coarse and hairy, slightly wavy on the edges, often folded lengthwise, slightly toothed and very pointed. Numerous yellow flower heads grow on their own stalks terminally and from leaf axils. The flower head is up to 5 inches across, with 15-19 ray flowers, deeply veined and slightly toothed on the tip. The center is 1 inch or more across, green to dark brown. These perennial plants can form large colonies.


Habitat yard with plants chosen to attract wildlife.


The rhizomes are edible and provide food similar to the jerusalem artichoke.

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joanbstanley 11 years ago

Thanks alicelongmartin

alicelongmartin 11 years ago

Nice series.

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Denton, Texas, USA

Spotted on Oct 5, 2012
Submitted on Oct 9, 2012

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