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Helianthus nuttallii (Nuttall's Sunflower)

Nuttall's Sunflower


One of the last sunflowers to bloom, Helianthus nuttallii (Nuttall's Sunflower) is a showy perennial forming a clump of tall and sturdy, green to yellowish or sometimes purplish stems. They boast a profusion of brilliant golden-yellow flowers, 3-4 in. across (7-10 cm), from fall to frost. Each flower features 10-20 yellow rays surrounding a darker center disk. They are an important nectar source for fall migrating monarch butterflies and other pollinators including bees and moths. Birds, especially Goldfinches, love the small seeds.Opposite on the lower part of the stem, the leaves are alternate higher up, narrow lanceolate, 2-8 in. long (5-20 cm). Their upper surface is hairless while their lower surface is rough from short, stiff hairs. Found in moist to wet prairies, meadows or open spaces, Nuttall's Sunflower spreads quickly by short but shallow rhizomes so it is easy to dig out unwanted plants. It is a good choice for a native or pollinator garden, naturalized area. It is suitable for rain gardens or along streams and ponds. Use as a specimen plant or massed. Give it room to spread and you will enjoy a profusion of late-season flowers when little else is blooming.

  • Typically grows up to 3-8 ft. tall (90-240 cm). May need staking, particularly if grown in exposed locations.
  • Performs best in full sun in moist to occasionally wet, well-drained soils. Prefers loamy or clay soils. Grows poorly in sandy soils.
  • Low maintenance, this is an excellent choice for wildflower gardens, prairies and meadows, butterfly gardens, along ponds and streams.
  • Propagated by seed.
  • Native to northern, central, and western North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Helianthus - Sunflowers
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Fall
Height 3' – 8' (90cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Helianthus - Sunflowers
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Fall
Height 3' – 8' (90cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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