Helianthus bolanderi
"Serpentine Sunflower"

Helianthus bolanderi Serpentine SunflowerHelianthus bolanderi Serpentine Sunflower
Photo (right) by Jean Pawek

A sunflower that reaches a perfect 4’ high and 1.5’ wide with blooms all along its entire stem almost from the ground up! This native of the California and Oregon mountains boasts an amazingly loooong blooming season,from May thru September! Sporting super cheery 2.5” golden yellow flowers with striking dark purple to red sunflower centers. Its erect form needs no staking, and its hairy stems keep deer away. A true magnet for bees, birds and other pollinators it requires only low water and favors poor/rocky soils, so don’t baby this native with added fertilizers or rich soil, but do give it excellent drainage! It’ll reward you with bundles of spirit-warming blooms from late Spring till Fall. Plant several together for the most spectacular show! Reseeds where happy.

Marti B.,
Gardener at Large

Full Sun
Low/Avg. water

CA Native Annual
All Zones