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Helianthus radula - Rayless Sunflower

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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 petalless flower is round and squattish.  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.

Life Span: Perennial; occasionally a short-lived perennial

Light Exposure: Full sun to high pine shade

Bloom Color: Dark purple

Bloom Season: Mid-summer to fall

Height (in bloom): 3 to 4 feet

Habitat: Moist to mesic - flatwoods, pinelands, and disturbed areas

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