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HELIANTHUS MAXIMILIANII | Maximilian Sunflower

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Product Description

Helianthus is from the Greek word helios meaning "sun" and anthos for "flower". Maximilianii named after Prinz Maximilian van Wied-Neu, discoverer of this plant.

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

Summer, Fall                  August, September

Bloom Color Yellow
Max Height 7 feet
Wetland Code UPL
Germ Code  C(30)
Seeds Per Packet  300
Seeds Per Ounce   13,000

 

Found commonly throughout the Tallgrass region on rich prairies and in havy soils. Deeply yellow flowers 2 to 3 inches across bloom from July to October. Grows from 3 to 8 feet tall. The rough gray-green leaves can be as long as 7 - 8 inches and are the easiest means of identifying this plant. They are very rough on both sides and are distinctly trough-shaped typically curving downward.

A very attractive and showy plant, it has been cultivated for garden use in some areas. 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.

Edible Uses: Tubers - raw or cooked. Similar in flavour to Jerusalem artichokes, but lower yielding. Seed - raw or cooked. An edible oil is obtained from the seed.

Medicinal Uses: Unknown

Herbal Uses: Unknown

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