Venado Awnless Bushsunflower

The Venado Awnless Bushsunflower was originally collected in Medina, Bee, Webb, and La Salle counties. The bright yellow flowers attract pollinating insects. It is sometimes consumed by wildlife such as white-tailed deer, and its bright yellow hue adds color to landscaping.

Beneficial insects are attracted to the flower, and white-tailed deer sometimes consume the leaves.

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Venado Awnless Bushsunflower is a native, perennial forb or subshrub that grows 1-3’ tall at maturity with numerous yellow flowers.  Venado is well adapted for use on heavy textured soils in South, Central, and West Texas.  It is favored native forage of white-tailed deer in South Texas, and also provides good forage to livestock and outstanding pollinator habitat. It is a common component of range and wildlife habitat restoration seed mixes, as a perennial food plot plant for wildlife and pollinators, and as a good reclamation species for shallow soils.

Venado Awnless Bushsunflower was originally collected in Medina, Bee, Webb, and La Salle counties and was developed for release by the Texas Native Seeds Program and the USDA NRCS Kingsville Plant Materials Center. The bright yellow flowers attract pollinating insects and dozens of butterfly species. Venado is typically easy to establish from seed and it is among the first native species to emerge in many plantings.  Awnless bushsunflower is also a hardy and showy plant for landscaping.

Planting: Plant in early spring or late summer-early fall at a rate of 1.5-2 lbs. pure live seed (PLS) per acre at 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep

Soil: Common to sandy loam sites or gravelly soils on caliche ridges

Height: 1-3 feet

Type: Warm Season Perennial

Region: Rio Grande Plains, Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, Coastal Sand Plains, southern Edwards Plateau, eastern Trans Pecos

For more information: Venado Awnless Bushsunflower Brochure from USDA NRCS

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