Plateau Awnless Bushsunflower

The Plateau awnless bushsunflower was originally collected in Kerr County. It provides valuable cover and forage to various wildlife species, forage for sheep and goats, and foliage that attracts pollinators.

Valuable as forage to sheep, goats, and deer. Provides cover and food in the form of seed to various wildlife. Attracts several pollinating insects.

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Plateau Awnless Bushsunflower is a native, warm season perennial forb or subshrub that grows 1-3’ in height with yellow blooms.  It can planted on all soils except very sandy areas, and it is very well adapted to shallow and rocky sites with thin soils.  Plateau is well adapted to the northern half of Texas, especially the Edwards Plateau, and North Texas.  Plateau bushsunflower provides good wildlife cover and forage to deer, sheep, and goats. The seeds are also consumed by quail.  It is an outstanding plant for pollinators and attracts a diversity of butterflies.  It is a great addition to range and wildlife habitat restoration planting mixes, wildflower mixes, food plots, right-of-way revegetation plantings, and ecological restoration efforts.

Bushsunflower readily establishes from seed and matures quickly, providing important cover on denuded sites.  It is a favorite native browse of white-tailed deer, and in areas where they are abundant the plant is only found in protected areas or within the protective canopy of brush and cactus.  It can be difficult to establish without protection from deer.  Plateau Awnless bushsunflower was developed for release by the USDA NRCS Knox City Plant Materials Center.

Planting: Plant in the spring at a rate of 2 lbs. pure live seed (PLS) per acre at 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep.

Soil: Sands and clay loams

Height: 1.5-3 feet

Type: Warm Season Perennial

Region: Edwards Plateau, Western Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, Rio Grande Plains, Central Rolling Red and Grande Prairies

For more information:

Plateau Awnless bushsunflower Brochure from USDA NRCS

Venado Awnless Bushsunflower Brochure from USDA NRCS

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Deer, Quail, Turkeys