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Helianthus radula -- Rayless sunflower

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  • Photo by Jeff Norcini
Common Name:
Rayless sunflower
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Plant Description

Description: A must-have novelty wildflower for the gardening enthusiast. The basal rosette of leaves remains virtually hidden until summer when a long flowering stem arises form the basal rosette. A single, dark purple flower is borne at the tip of the stem. The petal-less flower is round and squat. The long leafless stem and lack of petals potentially make it a good cut flower. Performs best in slightly moist to moist soil. Plant en masse for impact.

Lifespan: Perennial; occasionally a short-lived perennial

Light exposure: Full sun to high pine shade

Bloom color: Dark reddish-purple

Bloom season: Mid-summer to fall

Height (in bloom): 3–4 feet

Habitat: Moist to mesic flatwoods, pinelands and disturbed areas

Each packet covers 10 square feet.

Read the Florida Wildflower Foundation's profile of Rayless sunflower.
View or download the Sunflower page from the Foundation's 20 Easy-to-Grow Wildflowers publication.


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