Common Sunflower - Helianthus divaricatus

Woodland Sunflower Helianthus divaricatus

  • Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
  • Group: Dicot
  • Habitat: sparse woods, dry thickets
  • Height: 2-6 feet
  • Flower size: 1-1/2 to 3 inches across
  • Flower color: yellow
  • Flowering time: July to October
  • US Nativity: native
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Growth Habit: Forb/herb
  • Homage and Devotion [Lehner]
  • "My eyes see only you!" [Lehner]
  • Symbol of the Sun (Incan) [Lehner]
  • Flower Emblem of Peru [Lehner]
  • Victorian language of flowers - symbol of haughtiness [Martin]

Connecticut Botanical Society -
Lehner. Folklore and symbolism of flowers, plants and trees.
Martin. Garden flower folklore.
Photo: Courtesy SP Johnson.