This week’s featured native plants are the perennial sunflowers. Woodland Sunflower, Helianthus divaricata, and Littlehead Sunflower, Helianthus microcephala, are two useful species. Littlehead Sunflower blooms earlier than most of the other perennial sunflowers, starting in August, and ending in September. Woodland Sunflower blooms from mid September through late October. The flowers on Littlehead Sunflower are a bit smaller, but not much, the petals are a lighter yellow, and the plant is 18 inches shorter than Woodland Sunflower. Both species provide plentiful nectar and pollen forage for pollinators, and lots of sunflower seeds for songbirds.
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