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Native Garden

Dune Sunflower

Dune Sunflower

Helianthus debilis

  • Common Name: Dune Sunflower
  • Scientific Name: Helianthus debilis
  • Family Name: Compositae
  • Origin:  Florida
  • Height:  2’ to 4’ 
  • Width:  2’ to 4’
  • Growth:  Spreading, dense
  • Zone:  Fast
  • Light Needs:  Full sun
  • Salt Tolerance:  Good
  • Soil/PH/Texture:  Acidic to Alkaline
  • Soil Moisture:  Low moisture, does not tolerate wet soil
  • Drought Tolerance:  High
  • Pests/Diseases: No pest or diseases are of major concern
  • Growing Conditions:  Low maintenance, excellent in coastal areas
  • Characteristics:  The beach sunflower has small, dark green, deltoid leaves that are irregularly lobed and toothed. These glossy leaves are roughly pubescent and attain a length of 4 inches
  • Propagation:  seeds, cuttings
  • Wildlife: attracts butterflies
  • Facts:  The beach sunflower grows best on well-drained sandy soils. This plant will not tolerate over-watering or over fertilizing and is very drought tolerant. It needs to be placed in an area that receives full sun and will endure high levels of salt spray.
  • Designer Considerations: cut flowers are charming in arrangements indoors, mass planting; cascading down a wall; edging