Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database

Helianthus gracilentus

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Species Name: Helianthus gracilentus
Common Name: Slender Sunflower

A perennial sunflower that blooms in summer. In its native habitat it often emerges following fires. This tough shrub grows well in full to partial sun. Needs good drainage.

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 2 - 6' H x 3 - 6' W
Growth Habit: Open, airy
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Summer/Fall
Flower Color: Yellow
Distribution: Southern Central West, South West, northern Baja CA
Natural Habitat: Dry slopes, especially after fires

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  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A handsome plant which grows 3 to 5 feet high with many slender branches and rich green lancolate foliage. the flowers are bright yellow, very showy and excellent for cutting, especially attractive when arranged in a tall vase. Gallon cans, 35c."
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