Maximilian Sunflower

Helianthus maximiliani

Perennial Sunflower, Narrow-Leaved Sunflower

profile iconHelianthus maximiliani - Maximillian Sunflowers Aglow in the Sun (6977264999)
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profile iconHelianthus maximiliani - Maximillian Sunflowers Aglow in the Sun (6977264999)
by USFWS Mountain-Prairie (CC BY 2.0)
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Helianthus maximiliani is a herbaceous perennial that produces beautiful yellow flowers in late Summer and Autumn creating a wall of yellow. Though the flowers are not as showy as some of the annual Helianthus, its repeat performance every year is great to behold. Unlike many of the other perennial Helianthus, Helianthus maximiliani will grow as tall as the annuals getting as high as 3 meters tall. This sunflower was named after the German Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuweid who discovered it during an expedition through North America.

Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

This plant is not generally harvested but can make nice cut flowers.

Propagation

Seed

Sow in Spring approximatly 3mm deep in seed trays. They should take 3-4 weeks to germinate. Once large eenough to handle transplant to 9cm pots and keep frost free. Plants will need to be acclimatised to outdoor conditions before they can be planted out into soil.

Special features

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Attracts birds

Drought resistant

Special features

Origin

North America

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline, Acid

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible

Eaten by some Native American groups as a food similar to Jerusalem artichoke

Personality

Family

Asteraceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

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