Common Tall Sunflower (Helianthus nuttallii) single bloom
Common Tall Sunflower
Helianthus nuttallii
Aster family - Asteraceae

Growth habit: Spreading tall perennial

Height: 150 - 180 cm

Spread: Will spread widely if left unchecked. Easy to contain with 15 cm deep edging.

Bloom Time: August - September

Bloom Colour: Yellow

Light: Full sun

Moisture: Average to wet

Soil: Average soil

Seeding: Can be seeded indoors or outside with no pre-treatment. Cold stratification in spring may result in higher germination rates. See the Plant Info page for more detailed information on growing from seed.

Landscape uses: This is a useful plant for covering large areas, or as a back of the bed plant. It is easily removed when it grows outside the boundaries set for it. A buried edger (at least 15 cm) will contain the rhizomes. Self-seeds. Staking may be needed in windy areas. Suggested spacing for planting is 60 cm.

Interesting features: Info coming soon

Natural habitat: Info coming soon

Ecology: Native songbirds, especially goldfinches, are partial to the small seeds. Bees and other pollinating insects are attracted to the flowers.