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Helianthus salicifolius 'First Light' (Willow-Leaved Sunflower)

Willow-Leaved Sunflower 'First Light', Column Flower 'First Light', Graceful Sunflower 'First Light', Willowleaf Sunflower 'First Light', Swamp Sunflower 'First Light', Narrow Leaved Sunflower 'First Light'


Very floriferous, Helianthus salicifolius 'First Light' (Willow-Leaved Sunflower) is a vigorous perennial forming a compact clump of upright stems, with narrow, fuzzy leaves and large sprays of brilliant yellow daisies, up to 3 in. across (7 cm), adorned with a dark chocolate center disk. Blooming from late summer to mid fall, the cheerful blossoms are produced in such quantities that they almost hide the foliage. Grown for its particularly handsome foliage and profuse late season flowering, this well-behaved Willow-Leaved Sunflower is a terrific addition to the landscape. Excellent for cutting too!

  • Grows up to 44 in. tall and wide (110 cm).
  • Prefers full sun and enjoys average, medium moisture, neutral to alkaline, well-drained soils. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions.
  • Low maintenance, this is an excellent choice for beds and borders where the dazzling flowers are welcomed in any color scheme.
  • Cut back old stems after flowering as they die down for the winter.
  • Any seeds produced by this cultivar will reportedly be sterile. Divide every 3-4 years to control spread and maintain vigor.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 6 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Helianthus - Sunflowers
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 40" (100cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 6 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Helianthus - Sunflowers
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 40" (100cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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