Helianthus maximiliani, Maximilian Sunflower


Historical Uses:

The Sioux Nation was reported to dig up tubers (thickened roots that store nutrients during dormancy) and eat them as part of their diet


H. maximiliani is one of our favorite sunflower species! Like H. grosseserratus, the blooms are attractive to bees and beetles, and the seeds make tasty snacks for birds. Unlike H. grosseserratus, it doesn’t spread as aggressively so including this species in your gardens is easy! We recommend pairing with grasses for structural support.

Flower pictures coming soon!

  • Listing ID: 1153
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Soil Moisture: 1-5 (dry to wet): Medium-dry to Medium-wet
  • Stratification: 30 days cold moist stratification
  • Bloom Time: August-September
  • Family: Asteraceae (Aster)
  • Sunlight Exposure: Full sun
  • Latin Name: Helianthus maximiliani
  • Common Name: Maximilian Sunflower
  • Eco-Region: 255