Helianthus mollis Lam.
Family: Asteraceae
ashy sunflower,  more...
[Helianthus mollis var. cordatus Lam.]
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Janice Stiefel  
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 to drooping, perennial, 2'-5' tall forb often more than one stem; stems very grey-hairy; spreading rhizomes forming dense colonies
Leaves: opposite, ovate, clasping, turning black when dried or damaged
Flowers: head 2" wide, yellow rays, disk slightly domed; bracts (phyllaries) short, curly, hairy; blooms Aug.-Sept.
Habitat: full sun; dry; prairies; in sandy soil
Conservation Status: Introduced - adventive
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Janice Stiefel  
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Robert W. Freckmann  
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