Downy Sunflower

plant profile: Helianthus mollis

Downy sunflowers shine brightly in the late summer sun. Distinctive velvety leaves and buds make downy sunflower easy to identify. The flowers are favored by pollinators and the seeds attract chickadees looking for a tasty snack in winter.
Downy sunflower emerging in the spring
Tiny hairs flock the stems of downy sunflowers. Each developing bud shows a dark mysterious center behind rows of petals and calyxes which resemble tightly clasped claws.

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Downy sunflower – Helianthus mollis

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