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Prairie Sunflower AKA Maximillian Sunflower Seeds

Abundance of bright yellow flowers in the fall.

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$2.95
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Details

This native prairie perennial is a desirable range plant, eaten by many livestock. It was named for the naturalist Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied, Germany, who led an expedition into the American West in the 1830s. These plants are mainly found from Manitoba to Texas but are also found scattered throughout the tall grass prairie. Each plant produces an abundance of bright yellow flowers in the fall and blooms for about 5 weeks. Bees and monarch butterflies stop to enjoy them on their way south and goldfinches feast on the seeds from mid-October to mid-November. If you don’t mind tall, wild looking plants, prairie sunflowers will be a great addition to your garden. If you like shorter, bushier plants, you can pinch off the growing tips when they are about 3 or 4 feet tall.

Michigan Seeds grown on our farm, Renegade Acres, in Howell, MI!

Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

Additional Info

Botanical Name Helianthus maximiliani
Life Cycle Perennial
Min. Time to Germinate 7 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 28 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds 1/16 in.
When to Sow Indoors 4-6 weeks before last spring frost, Outdoors after all danger of spring frost is past, Outdoors in early spring, a month before the last spring frost
Growing Height 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
Plant Spacing 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Hardiness USDA Zone 4a: to -25F, USDA Zone 4b: to -20F, USDA Zone 5a: to -15F, USDA Zone 5b: to -10F, USDA Zone 6a: to -5F, USDA Zone 6b: to 0F, USDA Zone 7a: to 5F, USDA Zone 7b: to 10F, USDA Zone 8a: to 15F, USDA Zone 8b: to 20F, USDA Zone 9a: to 25F, USDA Zone 9b: to 30F, USDA Zone 10a: to 35F, USDA Zone 10b: to 40F
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Danger N/A
Bloom Color Bright Yellow
Bloom Time Mid-Fall
Foliage Blue-Green, Herbaceous, Smooth-Textured
Other Details Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater, Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season, This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds, This plant is resistant to deer
Soil pH Requirements 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Propagation Methods From seed; direct sow after last frost, From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall, From seed; sow indoors before last frost, From seed; stratify if sowing indoors, From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
Seed Collecting Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seeds Per Pack 15