Maximilian Sunflower is a tall (3-8 feet) perennial sunflower with yellow flowers up to 3 inches across. This plant’s tubers were an important food source for western tribes of Native Americans. Found from southern Canada south to North Carolina, Kentucky, and Texas, this plant tolerates full to partial sun, dry to moderate moisture, and a wide range of soils. It blooms from late August to October and flowers attract honey bees and wild bees. Serves as an important wildlife plant – deer forage on leaves and birds eat the seeds.
Common Name: Maximilian Sunflower
Botanical Name: Helianthus maximiliani
Seed Life Cycle: Perennial
Light Requirements: Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry, Average, Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Advantages: Attract Butterflies, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Pest / Disease Resistant, Native, Low Maintenance, Great For Mass Plantings, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Water soak the seeds in water overnight to soften the shell.
We germinated them two ways. First, we soaked in water overnight. Then one batch we put on top of the dirt in pots spritzing them with water and they germinated in 10 days. The second batch in between two wet paper towels and germinated in 7 days.