Helianthus mollis

Common name: Downy Sunflower

Native plant

Large yellow flowers of Downy Sunflower bloom late summer to early fall and give a spectacular show for up to two months. Does well under poor soil conditions. A great choice for the hands-off gardener as extra watering and fertilizing will cause the plant to fall over when in bloom.  Plant does move around, forming colonies, and as such is best used in more informal gardens and landscapes.  Flowers are a great attractor of a range of different pollinators, and seed heads are an excellent winter food source for birds.


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Pricing information for
Plugs $3.50
Per unit for pint growing method $4
Flats $45

Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic, Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Bloom period



Road-side/salt tolerant

Growth form


General information

Mature height
4 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
5 Feet
Max width
3 Feet
Growth rate
Flower color

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot

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