Plant family: Asteraceae - Sunflower
Plant type: Sub-shrub
Plant origin: N/A, Horticultural Selection
Coastal Sage Scrub
Attracts Wildlife, Good for Cut Flowers, Slope Stabilizer
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 large daisy-like flowers are a solid yellow with chocolate brown centers and are reminiscent of Black-eyed Susans The ‘El Dorado’ selection of this species has larger, more golden yellow flowers and blooms earlier in the season. The leaves are large and medium green. This is a fast growing 4’ by 4’ 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 seed heads provide food for birds if the flowers are left to produce seed. Easy and tolerant of many garden conditions.
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