Helianthus debilis
(Dune Sunflower)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Dune Sunflower, Beach Sunflower, Beach Daisy, Weak Sunflower, Cucumberleaf Sunflower, East Coast Dune Sunflower, Branching Sunflower
    Synonyms: Helianthus cucumerifolius
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 5 - 10
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: year round, where warm
    Status: Native

Helianthus debilis, or Dune Sunflower, is native to the sandy beaches and dunes of the eastern United States coast, as well as being adventive in Michigan. It is a perennial, that grows on sandy beaches and dunes. Where warm, it blooms all year round; in more northern areas, it blooms in early to mid summer, with relatively small bright yellow flowers with brown centers.

This species is quite easy to identify. In addition to its sandy habitat, its usually short stature, brown center flowers and heart-shaped leaves make it stand out.

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