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Helianthus salicifolius 'First Light'
Helianthus salicifolius 'First Light'
Common Name: Willowleaf sunflower

An explosion of golden yellow flowers combined with a manageable height makes this a superior selection. Despite its name, this plant can be found literally blanketed in flowers in the late summer and into the fall when most other Helianthus are past. Flowers form on upright, self-supporting stems but instead of the typical tall sunflower, Helianthus 'First Light' forms a nice, compact clump of fuzzy, linear leaves topping out just above 3 feet.

Height: 3-4 Feet
Spread: 2-3 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9a