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Helianthus salicifolius 'Autumn Gold' (willowleaf sunflower) Helianthus salicifolius 'Autumn Gold' (willowleaf sunflower)
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Helianthus salicifolius 'Autumn Gold' PP30117

willowleaf sunflower

This perennial is hardy and drought tolerance once established. An excellent companion to fall garden mums, this maintenance-free perennial is covered in bright golden yellow flowers from September to November, or a hard frost. Compact form grows 24-26" tall and wide.

Blooming from September to a hard frost, Helianthus salicifolius 'Autumn Gold' is a wonderful addition to the perennial garden. The narrow, dark green willow-like leaves form into a tight mound giving a tidy shrub-like appearance from spring through summer before it erupts into color in the fall.

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24-26 Inches


20-24 Inches


18 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Helianthus salicifolius 'Autumn Gold' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers average, well-drained soils. Grows best with added moisture but can tolerate drought. Allow stalks and seed heads to remain for winter interest and for food for birds. Cut back to the ground in early spring or late winter. Divide clumps in spring or fall every 3 to 4 years. 

Good Substitutions

willowleaf sunflower Helianthus salicifolius 'First Light'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Clay Tolerance
Native to North America
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Propagation Type
Tissue culture