$4.25 – $7.95
Soil: (Hydric) Wet to Dry (Xeric)
Sun: Full to Part
Flowers: The flower heads are 2″-3″ wide and made up of petal like ray flowers and many disk flowers.
Leaves: The alternate narrow leaves are 4″-6″ long. They taper at both ends, are rough on both sides, fold lengthwise down the middle, and curve downward at the tips.
Another tall giant, these flowers are attractive to butterflies and beneficial Insects and the seeds are enjoyed by birds! Goldfinches love the sunflowers!
Food Uses: Oil from sunflower seeds can be used for cooking, and soap making.
Other Uses: Maximillian sunflower is an attractive forage plant and also provides food and cover for wildlife. It works well in filter strips because it absorbs a lot of water and nutrients.
More Information: They have a rhizomatous root system and can be aggressive in small spaces.
Name: The name Maximillian comes from Prince Maximillian of Weid, Germany. He traveled the North American plains in the 19th century with artist Carl Bodmer. Helianthus is literally sunflower in Greek.