Maximilian's Sunflower, Helianthus maximilianii
Named for a prince who spotted this bright flower while in North America, this towering plant can grow 3 to 10 ft. A crown of yellow flowers sits atop its branching stems of curving leaves. Resembles sawtooth sunflower, but for its smoother leaves and hairy stem. Best in full sun and dry soil. Attracts bees, butterflies, and skippers, as well as birds, squirrels, gophers, rabbits, and groundhogs. Often used to control erosion due to its dense root system. 50 seeds/$2.50, 1/2 oz./$12.00.