Late Sunflower
(Savannah Sunflower - Variable Leaf Sunflower)
Helianthus heterophyllus
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

 

Plant is an upright, hairy perennial.   Its preferred habitat is savannas and moist pine woods. Distribution is coastal in the Escambia region.

Leaves are opposite and mostly at the lower part of the stem; lance-like or widest at the middle to being linear and may have scattered teeth on the leaf margin. Leaf base is wedge-shaped or may graduate to a narrow point. Any leaf on the upper stem is reduced in size.

Flower is usually a solitary head at the end of a tall stem; rays are symmetrical in form. Disc flowers are bisexual; reddish to purple. Ray flowers are female and yellow. Flowers occur in late summer and early autumn.

Fruit is a seed which outer layer is fused to it (achene).

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