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Helianthus mollis - Downy Sunflower

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SKU: 87
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Downy Sunflower (Helianthus mollis) is an unbranched herbaceous perennial except for a few flowering stems near the top of the plant. It has fine, soft, "downy" hairs that cover its stems and broadly lanceolate leaves, giving it a greyish-green color. Its yellow composite flowers form singly atop upper stems, and are 2 - 4 inches wide. This very aggressive plant typically forms dense colonies, and its root system releases an allelopathic chemical that prevents other plants from growing around it.


Soil Moisture:  Moderate, Dry

Sun Exposure:  Full Sun

Height:  2' - 4'

Spread:  2' - 3'

Hardiness Zone:  3 - 9

Bloom Color:  Yellow

Bloom Time:  August, September

Attracts:  Butterflies, Birds


There are about 70 species of Helianthus plants that consist of annual and perennial flowering plants, commonly called sunflowers, and are native to North, Central, and South America. They are usually tall plants with disc flowers that for the majority of species are yellow, but there are some species with reddish lobes. Before blooming, young sunflower heads follow the sun across the sky and at night they reorient themselves to face East for the sunrise. Once the flower heads are mature and fully open, they generally stop moving with the sun and remain facing East.

Return Policy

Returns of standard seed mixes and individual species must be made in the original unopened packaging within 10 days of delivery. If you wish to return live plants, you must do so within 5 days of delivery. Returns of standard mixes, individual species, and live plants are subject to a restocking fee of 25%. Custom seed mixes may not be returned. When returning non-damaged goods, the buyer is responsible for shipping charges, and return shipping may be made by whatever means the buyer selects.

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