Plant family: Asteraceae - Sunflower
Plant type: Shrub
Plant origin: N/A, California
Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub
Clay, Decomposed Granite, Sand, Sandy Loam, Adaptable, Alkaline
Slope Stabilizer, Tolerant of Clay Soil
California sunflower is a very easy and reliable shrub that will provide endless color in the landscape and is also good for cut flowers in the house. The 2” golden sunflowers have chocolate brown centers and are reminiscent of Black-eyed Susans. The leaves are large and medium green. This is a fast growing, medium perennial that is very versatile. Use it on banks for erosion control, or mixed with other natives for a colorful native perennial bed, or mixed flower border. Cut the spent flowers for longer blooming and shaping. Blooms appear prolifically in spring but will also appear whenever there is some supplemental water and moderate temperatures. The flowers are a great favorite with butterflies, bees and other insects and the seedheads provide food for birds if the flowers are left to produce seed. Easy and tolerant of many garden conditions.
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