Helianthus strumosus / Paleleaf Woodland Sunflower


A glorious perennial sunflower, with warm yellow blooms and wine-purple stems. A large-statured and colonial species, with an extended bloom period of over a month.

Found in gaps and edges, usually in undisturbed habitats, this wildflower has one foot in the world of meadows and the other in the forest. Its seeds are relished by seed-eating birds, and it is an excellent species for supporting native bees in mid- to late-summer.

Host plant for the Silvery Checkerspot butterfly and Giant Leopard moth.

Height: 3′ – 7′        Blooms: July, August, September

Siting: Moist, well-drained soil, sun to part shade

Deer Resistance: Medium

Provenance: NJ



Larval Host Plant (butterflies):
Silvery Checkerspot

Larval Host Plant (moths):
Giant Leopard Moth

Additional information


Quart, Deep, Quart