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Helianthus maximiliani


Helianthus maximiliani is a towering perennial that can reach 9 feet high with spires of bright yellow daisies.

Helianthus maximiliani is known as Maximilian's sunflower. It is a towering perennial native to the Great Plains that can reach 9 feet high with spires covered in bright yellow daisies with brown centres. The lance-shaped leaves can be up to one foot long. The rhizomes are similar to the Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) and were eaten by Native American groups including the Sioux. Bees and butterflies love the nectar of the flowers and birds are attracted to the copious seeds.

Common Name: Maximilian Sunflower

Family: Asteraceae (The Aster Family)

Zone Hardiness: 4-9

Light: Full Sun

Height: 6-10'

Width: 3-5'

Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Secondary Bloom Colour: Brown

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Summer - Fall

Soil Moisture: Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: No

Benefits: Butterflies, Bees

Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Great plains of central North America and naturalized in the east and west from BC to Maine and south into the Carolinas and California.

Award: AGM

Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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