Plants organized by botanical name:


Helianthus debilis

Names for this plant:

  • Scientific/Vitenskapelig Helianthus debilis
  • English/Engelsk cucumberleaf sunflower, beach sunflower, weak sunflower, East Coast dune sunflower

This species may be an annual or perennial herb. It is usually perennial but it may last only one season in climates where freezes occur. It can reach 2 meters tall. The stem grows from a taproot and may grow erect or decumbent. It can also spread along the ground, becoming a dense groundcover.[6] The leaves are usually alternately arranged, and are variable in shape and size. The largest are up to 14 centimeters long by 13 wide. The showy inflorescence is a single flower head or an array of two or three heads. There are up to 30 lance-shaped phyllaries each up to 1.7 centimeters long. There are up to 20 or 21 ray florets, each up to 2.3 centimeters long. They are usually yellow in the wild, but cultivars have been bred to bear whitish, reddish, or orange florets.[6] The center of the head is filled with many red, yellowish, or purplish disc florets. The fruit, a cypsela, is roughly 2 or 3 millimeters long