Prairie Sunflower, also known as Maximilian Sunflower, is a native to the Eastern half of North America.  This slender perennial herb produces erect stems that may reach 6 to 9 feet tall.  The stems are derived from stout rhizomes which were used as a food source by some Native American groups.  Prairie Sunflower is drought tolerant once established and may spread so it requires ample space in the landscape.

Photos: Martha Costello

Plant Info

Latin Name: Helianthus maximiliani

Family Name: Asteraceae

Origin: Eastern North America

Garden Location: Lower Grass Garden