Etymology: Helianthus: derived from two Greek words helios, "sun," and anthos, "flower," in reference to the sunflower's supposed tendency to always turn toward the sun
Plants: erect, perennial, 2' - 6 1/2' tall forb with spreading hairs
Leaves: mostly all opposite along the stem, bases rounded to the short stalks; hairy below, rough above
Flowers: head 1 3/4"- 3 1/2" wide, 10-15 yellow rays, disks yellow; inflorescence with one to a few heads on thick stalks; blooms July-Oct.
Habitat: dry; woods, meadows
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 5 Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key.