Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


 Helianthus strumosus - Pale-leaved Sunflower

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Helianthus strumosus

Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website to view the natural range of Downy Sunflower.
Pale Sunflower flower ready to open
Pale Sunflower about to open
 Helianthus strumosus
Helianthus strumosus flourishing under our Honey Locus tree

Wildlife Significance - Helianthus strumosus 

Seed - For birds, squirrels, chipmunks 

Nectar Source - Butterflies

Host Plant -
Sunflowers are the host plant for Silvery checkerspot, Gorgone checkerspot, American lady, Painted lady

Nectar - Pollen Source - All Helianthus species attract a wide variety of insects:including bees, wasps, flies,
and pollen eating beetles.

Native Bees that Specialize in Sunflowers - Diadasia, Melissodes, Eucera, Svastra8

Propagation Notes - Helianthus strumosus 

We have had a great deal of success propagating these native, Ohio, perennial, sunflowers simply by allowing them to self seed in the fall, then transplanting young seedlings in the spring.

Pale-leaved Sunflowers also spread by rhizomes, luckily they are easy to remove if found wandering into a section of the garden where they are not welcome.


Pale-leaved Sunflower
Native Ohio Perennial Pale-leaved Sunflower

Cultivation Information - 

Pale-leaved Sunflower

 Helianthus strumosus
Helianthus strumosus
Height - 3ft.
Flower Color - Yellow
Blooms - June - October
Sun - Sun/part sun

Hardy Zone - 3 to 8

Soil - Moist to normal


Family - Asteraceae

Photo Prairie Moon Nursery
Pale-leaved Sunflower
Pale-leaved Sunflower brightening up our yard!
Pale sunflower
Pale-leaved sunflowers are easy to contain!
Seed Provenance - Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN - Nodding Onion Gardens 2013- present