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Red Rock State Park

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Helianthus petiolaris - prairie sunflower

Other Common Names: narrowleaf sunflower, sand sunflower
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Asteraceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual   Similar Species: Helianthus annus
General Desc: Shorter plant, with more compact flowerheads than common sunflower, Helianthus annus.
Height: 4 feet


Habitat Description: Roadsides, fields and cultivated land.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 1000 - 7500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow     Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Apr - Oct
Description: Yellow rays, reddish brown disk flowers; to 2 inches wide.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Triangular     Leaf Margin: Toothed     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Oblong to lance-shaped leaves to 2 inches long. Stems are hairy. Leaves are opposite below, alternate above.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Achene

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