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Maximilian Sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)


***Will Be Ready End of June/July***

Common Name: Maximilian Sunflower

Scientific Name: Helianthus maximiliani

Type of Plant: Herbaceous perennial

Sun Requirements: Full sun

Soil Requirements: Well-draining soil; tolerates a range of soil types, including clay and sandy soils

Moisture Requirements: Moderate moisture; drought-tolerant once established

Season of Interest: Late summer to fall

Height: Typically 3-8 feet tall

Width: 2-4 feet wide

Flower Color: Bright yellow flowers with a yellow to brown center

Ideal Planting Locations: Meadows, prairies, borders, and naturalized areas

Benefits for the Area: Attracts butterflies, bees, and other pollinators; provides late-season color and height to the garden; supports wildlife with its nectar-rich flowers and seeds.

Medicinal Uses: Not commonly used for medicinal purposes.

Edible Uses: Seeds can be consumed by humans and wildlife.

Host Plant for:

  • Various butterflies and insects

Spring Care: Cut back any dead growth from the previous year; divide clumps if they become too large.

Summer Care: Water during prolonged dry periods to maintain moderate moisture levels; deadhead spent flowers to encourage more blooms.

Fall Care: Allow seed heads to mature if you want to attract birds; cut back the plant after the first frost.

Winter Care: Maximilian Sunflower is hardy and typically requires minimal care during winter; ensure mulch remains in place to provide root protection.

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