Showy Sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus)
A.k.a. stiff sunflower or prairie sunflower. Showy, sunflower like flowers are fragrant and bloom 1-2 months. Host plant of multiple butterflies, including the painted lady, and seeds are attractive to many birds!
Light: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Mesic, Dry Mesic, Dry
Soil Type: Loam, Clay Loam, Sand, Gravely
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug-Sep
Root Type: Rhizome
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract bees, flies, butterflies, and skippers. Hosts the silvery checkerspot, gorgon checkerspot, and painted lady butterflies, as well as some moths and smaller insects. Large, nutritious seeds are eaten by a wide variety of birds. Foliage and roots are occasionally eaten by a wide variety of mammals.