Helianthus maximiliani, Maximilian Sunflower

Helianthus maximiliani

Maximilian Sunflower
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: North America
USDA Zone: 3-9?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

A branching perennial herb, growing from a stout rhizome and reaches heights. The slender, tall, erect stems and alternately-arranged leaves are covered in rough hairs. Large, showy, yellow blooms occur throughout the full 5-7 feet height of the plant in great abundance during late summer and fall. During this period, the plant adds a brilliant splash of color and texture to range sites, natural areas, and landscapes.

The thick rhizome is edible and provided a food similar to the Jerusalem artichoke.

It may be used as a natural hedge or tall screen to block out harsh areas. It also makes a colorful, attractive landscape plant.

It has the potential of being an excellent filter strip plant due to its seemingly great ability to uptake and use excess water and nutrients.

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