Helianthus Petiolaris is a North American plant species in the sunflower family, commonly known as the prairie sunflower or lesser sunflower. They are also known as 'Plains Sunflower'. Prairie can grow in clumps that make it look like a small bush. This species was first named by the famous naturalist, botanist, and ornithologist, Thomas Nuttall (1786-1859). The powdered leaves, either on their own or in an ornament, have been used as a dressing for sores and swellings. This species of sunflower is an annual, blooming between June and September.
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Scientific Name: Helianthus Petiolaris
Common Name: Prairie Sunflower
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: Central to Western North America
Growth Height: 40-60"
Spread: 10-18 "
Exposure: Unable to grow in shady areas, Direct Sunlight
Blooming Season: Summer, Fall
Attracts: Flies, Butterflies and Birds
Flower Color: Yellow-ray florets with red-brown disc
Moisture: Dry, Moderate
Resistant: Drought, Deer and Rabbit Resistant
Water Requirement: Average
Soil Type: Dry Sandy soil, Prairies, Along roads
Soil pH: Acid, Neutral and basic soil
Uses: Dressing for sores and swellings, used in Ointment