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Showy Sunflower
Helianthus niveus
About Showy Sunflower (Helianthus niveus) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Helianthus niveus is a species of sunflower known by the common names showy sunflower and snowy sunflower. It is native to northern Mexico (Sonora, Baja California, Baja California Sur) and the southwestern United States (southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, western Texas. Helianthus niveus is a taprooted annual or perennial sunflower growing to a maximum height over one meter (40 inches). The leaves are oval or lance-shaped, often with irregular lobes or teeth, and are covered in soft white hairs. The flower heads are fringed with 13-21 bright yellow ray florets up to 2. 5 centimeters (1 inch) long surrounding a center of yellow to purple-red disc florets.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Annual herb

3.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported


Landscaping Information

Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 2.9" - 13.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.23" - 1.15", Coldest Month: 52.0" - 59.9", Hottest Month: 70.7" - 88.8", Humidity: 2.19" - 39.46", Elevation: -15" - 1075"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Algodones Sunflower, Snowy Sunflower

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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