Helianthus salicifolius: Willow-leaved sunflower ‘First Light’

Willow-leaved sunflower Latin name: Helianthus salicifolius ‘First Light’
Common name: Willow-leaved sunflower ‘First Light’
Flowers: Yellow rays surrounding brown center disk12
Fruit: Inconspicuous10
Height & Width: 3-4' x 3-4’12
Type: Herbaceous perennial3
Habit: Upright3
Wetland indicator category**: Not available17
Texture: Medium3
Growth rate: Medium14
Light: Full sun12
Moisture: Medium to Low3, 12
Soil*: Tolerates a wide variety of soils12
Zones: 6 - 912
Origin: Midwestern United States16
Features: Willow-leaved sunflowers are covered with yellow daisy-like flowers during the months of August through November10. They attract birds, bees and butterflies12.

Siting: Willow-leaved sunflowers perform best in moist, well-drained soils and full sun.12

Care: Plant crown at soil level18. At planting, water the roots and surrounding area slowly and deeply. Keep soil moist until plant is established, then apply enough water to thoroughly moisten the root zone when the soil is dry or during drought. Modify water recommendations to reflect site drainage and rainfall. Apply 3” of mulch over the planted area. Do not allow mulch to touch the plant stems.18

Pests: Plants are relatively pest resistant if cultural preferences are met.

Author: Allison Kelly

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