Helianthus atrorubens (Asteraceae)
This perennial sunflower is native to the southeast, along the coast from LA to VA and inland as far as KY. Tall stalks with strappy dark-green leaves are topped in mid-to-late fall with bright yellow flowers with a dark red eye. Prefers full sun and well drained soils. Found in pastures and old fields, along roadsides and forest edges. Short for a sunflower, with an unusual form -- a basal rosette and airy stems. Attracts birds and insect pollinators. Thanks to Linda Waldrep for donating the seed.
Bloom color: bright yellow
Bloom period: summer
Container size: Qt.