Aztec Maximillian Sunflower

Aztec Maximillian Sunflower


Aztec Maximilian Sunflower is a composite of collections from Throckmorton, Mitchell, Hamilton, Blanco, and Bandera counties. Its adaptation to many soils and climates makes it a widely distributed forb. It is useful as forage and cover for all types of livestock and many  species of wildlife. It has also been considered to have potential use as a future biofuel source.

This native warm-season forb, grows 3 to 9 feet tall with several stems. A perennial, it grows new shoots from an underground “tuber” year after year. Flowers are yellow and showy in late summer to fall. Adapted to all of Texas except the Pineywoods and the South Texas Plains. Performs best in lowland situations. Quail and dove consume the seed while many species of birds use the growth for cover. A good browse for deer. 

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Important wildlife species for its use as food and cover for deer, birds, pollinating insects, and other species. Also highly palatable to livestock.

Planting: Plant in the spring at a rate of 2 lbs. pure live seed (PLS) per acre at 3/8 to 1/2 inch deep.

Soil: Grows in a variety of soils.

Height: 3-9 feet

Type: Warm Season Perennial

Region:Statewide except Trans Pecos