Helianthus divaricatus

Common name: Woodland Sunflower

Native plant

A big, tall Sunflower that can grow in partial shade on moist to dry ground in all kinds of habitats is a bit of a departure for most in the genus, as they tend to specialize in a couple key habitats. Be warned though if this species is given space it will tend on the push side when around others but for use in areas that need to be covered in something cheery to look at it fits the bill nicely.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun, High Canopy Shade (Usually from oaks), Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Harsh Exposure Tolerant


Floodplain, Moist Woods, Sandy Soils, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Yellow Orange


Mature height
4 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
6 Feet
Max width
3 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Drought Resistant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot

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