Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina

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    Early Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides)
    Aster Family

    Early Sunflower is an easy to grow and long blooming wildflower that works well in meadow type plantings and in semi-shady woodlands. The golden-yellow flowers bloom for most of the summer and are replaced with seeds for birds and other small animals. Its long bloom time gives it a high pollinator value, with many types of insects feeding on the pollen and nectar as well as the stems, leaves, and seeds. Best form and flowering will occur in full sun and moist soils, but this plant is highly adaptive to most sun and soil conditions. Plants grown in more shade may need to be cut back for bushier growth if tidiness is an issue. Try planting with Royal Catchfly, Blazing-stars, tall grass species, Wild Bergamot, or Purple Coneflower.

    Blooms: Yellow, 8-12 weeks, May-Sepne
    Leaves: Large, stiff, ovate leaves, paired oppositely up the stem
    Height: 3-5
    Space: 2-3"
    Soil: Average, moist, dry, tolerates moist soil condition
    Exposure: Full sun-part sun
    Fauna: Attractive to most insects, eat nectar & foliage
    Seeds: Many flattened, dark colored seeds packed into round seed head

    Deer Resistance: Medium

    Zone: 3-9
    Native Status: NC native, common in the Piedmont & Mountains, rare in the Sandhills
    Provenance:
     Unknown ecotype, seed grown