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Willow Lake Tr - SS

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Helianthus annuus - common sunflower

Other Common Names: annual sunflower, Kansas sunflower, mirasol
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Asteraceae

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Willow Lake
Willow Lake Tr
Plant - summer
Willow Lake Tr
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual
General Desc: Common sunflower is a widely branching, stout annual with coarsely hairy leaves and stems. Flowers are heliotropic (face the sun as it moves).
Height: 9 feet


Habitat Description: Roadsides and fields.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 100 - 7000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow     Shape: Daisy or Dandelion-like not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: May - Oct
Description: Bright yellow ray flowers with maroon disk centers; to 5 inches wide.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Dull green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Triangular     Leaf Margin: Toothed     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Lower leaves are broadly triangular to heart shaped; irregularly toothed; stiff hairs; to 12 inches long.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Achene
Seed Notes: Seeds are eaten by birds, rodents and humans. Native Americans use seeds to make purple and black dye and flowers to make yellow dye.

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