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HELIANTHUS OCCIDENTALIS | Western Sunflower

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Product Description

Helianthus is from the Greek word helios meaning "sun" and anthos for "flower" and occidentalis meaning "western".

Sun Exposure               Prairie, Savanna
Soil Moisture Mesic, Dry Mesic, Dry
Bloom Time

Summer, Fall                       July, August, September

Bloom Color Yellow
Max Height 3 feet
Wetland Code FACU-
Germ Code  C(30)
Seeds Per Packet  100
Seeds Per Ounce   140,000

 

Grows 2 to 3 feet tall with 1 to 2 inch wide yellow flowers. Small white hairs cover the stem and there are up to 5 sets of opposite or three-whorled leaves along the stem. Basal leaves are conspicuous and are up to 6 inches long. Found occasinally now on dry, sandy or rocky prairies and on hill prairies in the eastern Tallgrass region.

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

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