Maximilian's Sunflower

Maximilians Sunflower
Maximilian's Sunflower
 David Welfelt

Maximilian's Sunflower
Helianthus maximilianii


Family Aster
Longevity Perennial
Height 3 - 6 feet

Bloom Period

March April May June July August September October
  • Description: Many tall, upright stems grow from a single base. Leaves have a rough surface, are usually folded lengthwise and curve down to a pointed tip. Flowers, with yellow ray petals and yellow center disks, are scattered along the upper half of the stem.
  • Comments: There are 11 species of sunflowers in Kansas, and nine occur in the Flint Hills. Maximilian’s occurs in colonies and is prominent on heavier soils. Readily eaten by livestock, it is a desirable range plant and rare in most pastures. As with all the sunflowers, the seeds are an excellent wildlife food, supplying high quality protein for song birds and many small mammals. Maximilian’s Sunflower is found in prairie hay meadows and along prairie roadsides statewide.


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