A pair of Hairy Sunflowers on Carpenter’s Prairie
near my home in northeast Iowa. USA

Hairy Sunflowers
Helianthus hirsutus Raf.
Perennial
Height: 2-5 feet
Family: Asteraceae – Sunflower Family
Flowering Period: July, August, September
Stems: Erect, usually solitary, simple or few-branched upward, stiff-hairy, sometimes nearly glabrous near base.
Leaves: Mostly opposite or uppermost sometimes alternate, short-stalked, divergent or ascending, thick, lanceolate to narrowly ovate, 2.8 to 7.2 inches long, .6 to 2.4 inches wide, not folded longitudinally; surfaces stiff-hairy, upper surface rough; veins 3, 2 lateral veins branching upward from central vein near base of blade; margins toothed to rarely entire; tip tapering to sharp point; base rounded or contracted.
Inflorescences: Heads, to 3 inches across, 1 to several, terminal or appearing as open cluster; stalks short, stout; bracts in 3 or 4 nearly equal, overlapping series, narrowly linear-lanceolate to lanceolate; tips ascending to spreading or recurved, tapering to slender, sharp points; margins fringed with short hairs.
Flowers: Ray florets 10-15, .6 to 1.2 inch long, yellow, outer surface minutely pubescent; disk florets yellow, 1/5 to 1/4 inch long; chaffy bracts shallowly 3-toothed, pubescent at tips.
Fruits: Achene, wedge-shaped to egg-shaped, 1.6 inch long, somewhat flattened, brown, glabrous, tipped with 2 lanceolate to narrowly triangular scales that taper to awn-like tips, enclosing small seed.
Habitat: Rocky or dry open woods, thickets, roadsides, sand prairies, banks of streams, disturbed areas.
Origin: Native
Uses: White-tailed deer eat the heads.
Comments: Often grows in colonies.

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Comments

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 2 years ago

    So pretty, Lori. I never heard of a “hairy” sunflower!

  • Thank you so much, Dot!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesover 2 years ago

    Super bright and colourful capture Lori.

  • Thank you, Mark!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 2 years ago

    So beautifully vibrant Lori!!

  • Thanks, Sharon!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 2 years ago

    Beautiful bright color

  • Thank you so much, Byron & Julie!!

    – lorilee

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanover 2 years ago

    Very bright and pretty, Lori!

  • Thank you, Monnie!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Thanks, Rick!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryanover 2 years ago

    Excellent…love the color.

  • Thank you so much, Jack!!

    – lorilee

  • vette
    vetteover 2 years ago

    Beautiful image Lorilee. So pretty as they bloom, and the detail is awesome. Susan

  • Thank you, Susan!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • M.S. Photography/Art
    M.S. Photograp...over 2 years ago

    Beautiful image & flowers!

  • Thanks, Margaret!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 2 years ago

    Delightful indeed!

  • Thank you so much, Pamela!!

    – lorilee

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