Edge of the Prairiethe sand prairies and savannas of the Chicago region

    Helianthus mollis
    Downy sunflower

Downy (or ashy) sunflower grows in sunny, moist prairie areas. The leaves have a sage-like color, and the flowers disks are relatively large and showy.

Helianthus mollis, down sunflower

In Starke County, Indiana, where this photograph was taken, Helianthus mollis is one of the earlier sunflowers to bloom.


Helianthus mollis on the Illinois State Museum web site.

Helianthus mollis on badbear.com.



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