Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

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Janice Stiefel

Janice Stiefel
Family Asteraceae
Helianthus mollis Lam.
ashy sunflower, downy sunflower, soft sunflower
Helianthus: derived from two Greek words helios, "sun," and anthos, "flower," in reference to the sunflower's supposed tendency to always turn toward the sun
mollis: smooth, or with soft velvety hair
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Status: Introduced - adventive
Plant: erect to drooping, perennial, 2'-5' tall forb often more than one stem; stems very grey-hairy; spreading rhizomes forming dense colonies
Flower: head 2" wide, yellow rays, disk slightly domed; bracts (phyllaries) short, curly, hairy; blooms Aug.-Sept.
Leaf:opposite, ovate, clasping, turning black when dried or damaged
Habitat: full sun; dry; prairies; in sandy soil

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