Helianthus x laetiflorus (H. scaberrimus)

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Common Name: Cheerful Sunflower, Morning Sun Sunflower

Full sun; medium to moderately dry moisture level; adapts to a wide range of soils including loamy, sandy loam and clay but does best on a soil that is not too rich; neutral to alkaline pH. 4-8 feet height (usually 6-8 feet); blooms in late summer; yellow flowers; spreads rapidly by rhizomes and can become weedy

Germination Code: C(30)

Native Region: Limited to 14 counties scattered across the state

One of the largest and showiest of all the native sunflowers. Tall, spreading, bushy plant with deep yellow blooms that can be 4-5 inches across. May require some support, especially if given fertilizer and extra moisture. Easy to grow. It is a naturally occurring hybrid of two other native species of sunflower – H. pauciflorus and H. tuberosus.  Attracts many bees and butterflies.

Cheerful Sunflower, Morning Sun Sunflower - Helianthus x laetiflorus (H. scaberrimus)
Photo Courtesy of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center http://www.wildflower.org/