Native sunflower is, warm season annual forb growing 5-7’ tall with numerous showy yellow flowers. Native sunflowers are adapted to a wide range of soil conditions throughout the Southern U.S. They are an important food source for doves, quail, turkey, and songbirds. Sunflowers are also an excellent pollinator plant. Native sunflower is a common plant for game bird food plots, pollinator plantings, and for ornamental uses.
Due to a high percentage of dormant seed, native sunflowers typically require at least one year of overwintering in the ground to produce a solid stand, so they are often planted in the fall for emergence the following spring. Once established, the species will readily reseed itself and come back year after year with soil disturbances such as fall or winter dicing.
Best Time To Plant: Fall
Planting Rate: 5-10 lbs per acre
Height: 4’ to 8’ tall
Regions: United States
Soil types: Well drained, non-saline soils
Sunlight: Full sun. At least 8 hours direct sunlight
Uses: Erosion Control, Attract Game Birds, Feed Wildlife, Livestock Forage
For more information: Annual sunflower Plant Guide from USDA NRCS