Helianthus is from the Greek word helios meaning "sun" and anthos for "flower".
|Sun Exposure||Prairie, Savanna|
|Soil Moisture||Mesic, Dry Mesic|
Summer, Fall August, September
|Max Height||5 feet|
|Seeds Per Packet||100|
|Seeds Per Ounce||7,000|
Gray-green plants reaching 3 feet tall with 2 to 4 inch wide yellow flowers. Found in the southern portions of the Tallgrass region on upland prairies. Blooms from July through September.
The seeds of the sunflowers have been used as food by both man and animals. An oil can be extracted from the seeds and can be used for cooking or making soap. Often, the fibers from the coarse stalks of the sunflower have been used for textiles.
Natural hybridization occurs between the numerous Helianthus species, often with very pleasing and interesting results.
Edible Uses: Unknown
Medicinal Uses: Unknown
Herbal Uses: Unknown