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This is one of the last of the sunflowers to bloom each year. The Showy Sunflower produces one of the largest and brightest heads of all the wild sunflowers. Grows best in medium to dry soils in full sun and blooms July thru September. This drought risistant plant attracts butterflies and song birds for a food source as the seeds mature. Grows to a height of 3'-5'.
One of the loveliest of all the sunflowers with its star like flower upon a leafless stalk. It grows 2'-3' and blooms summer into fall. The seeds from this plant are a Gold Finches favorite. A beautiful native sunflower that is found in areas of sparse vegetation. Companion plants could be Leadplant (Amorpha canescens), Prairie Coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata), and Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis).
This sunflower blooms in August- September, and is easily recognized by its graceful willowy foliage. It reaches a height of 3'-6' depending upon conditions and competition. This wildflower requires full sun, does best in dry to moist soils and attracts butterflies and birds.
Flat yellow clusters of small flowers bloom atop this open branched wildflower. Does best in dry to medium, well drained soils. Grows 16"-36" in sun to partial shade, and blooms May thru July. Companion plants could be Prairie Coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata), Rough Blazingstar (Liatris aspera) and Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida).
This is a wildflower that provides cover for wildlife and it's large seed heads are a nutritious food source. It produces bunches of bright yellow flowers atop a plant that reaches heights of 3'-6'. This native perennial prefers full sun to light shade in medium to moist soils, plus it also does well in clay.
This wildflower has attractive fern-like 6" basal leaves and grows 4"-12 in height. The long, pale, snapdragon-like flowers form dense clusters that bloom between April and June. It can be found in acid soils on dry open woodlands, ridges, prairies and along mossy slopes bordering streams. The flower petals maybe be pale yellow, yellow, red or even a mixture of the two as in this speciman.
Flat yellow clusters of small flowers bloom atop this open branched wildflower. This native perennial does best in dry to medium and well drained soils. It grows 16"-36", in sun or partial shade and blooms May thru July.
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