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Willowleaf Sunflower

Helianthus salicifolius

Graceful, willowy foliage looks best when planted on dry sites; bird seed


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Helianthus salicifolius, commonly called Willowleaf Sunflower, is a native perennial forb (wildflower) that typically occurs in unglaciated western Missouri prairie areas south of the Missouri River. Blooms from late summer to fall.

Wildlife notes

This species is attractive to a variety of butterflies, birds and insect pollinators. Deer tend to avoid this plant.

Forage notes

This sunflower species is not palatable to livestock.

Landscaping notes

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerant of wide range of soil conditions. If grown in part shade, plants tend to be taller and more open, produce fewer flowers and require support. Spreads over time by creeping rhizomes to form dense colonies. Divide every 3-4 years to control spread and maintain vigor. Good fresh cut flower. Attractive foliage and profuse late summer to fall bloom make this an excellent addition to the border background, wild or native plant garden, or naturalized planting.

Restoration notes

Habitats include dolomite prairies.

Additional information

Weight N/A

Full Sun


Dry, Average

Height Range

25 – 48", 49 – 72"


48" – 72"

Bloom Month

Aug, Sep

Color Family




Specialty Uses

Cut Flower, Tea

Cattle Palatability


# seeds/pkt


Packet Coverage Area

5 sq ft.

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.