Helianthus maximiliani Maximilian Sunflower 
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Helianthus maximiliani Maximilian Sunflower
Photo by cj 
Habitat Bloom Period Color Height Inches Moisture Plant Spacing Lifespan
Helianthus maximiliani Maximilian sunflower picture Sun   August - September Yellow 48 to 96 Dry to Moist 24 to48 Inches Perennial

Helianthus maximiliani Maximilian Sunflower picture   additional picture        

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 Helianthus maximiliani seed
  maximilian Sunflower seed

approximate
number of seeds

approximate coverage
in square feet

1 packet - $2.50 + shipping

150 40 sq ft

1 ounce -  $8.50

 13,170 650 sq ft

1 pound - $85.00

 210,720 10,400 sq ft

Helianthus maximiliani, Maximilian Sunflower is an excellent addition to the flower garden with its lance-shaped gray-green foliage and profuse late summer blooms.  The 4 inch bright golden yellow flowers in elongated clusters bloom in August and September and are great fresh cut flowers.  Maximilian sunflower is easily grown and typically grows 4 to 8 feet in height depending on soil conditions.  It likes average soil with medium moisture and full sun and is a useful food source for both birds and butterflies. Plant Maximilian Sunflower as an accent plant in the back border of the flower garden, near a fence row, or in a meadow planting with native prairie grasses.

Native Helianthus maximiliani Maximilian Sunflower seed germination is improved with a pretreatment of 3 to 4 weeks of cold moist stratification or when planted outside in the fall or early winter.

Native maximilian sunflowers are easy to grow native wildflowers that occur naturally in meadows, dry or moist prairies, and ditches from Minnesota and British Columbia, South to Missouri, Texas, and Wyoming, and has naturalized in the east.   Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Helianthus may be used as an ingredient in range seeding mixtures to provide a high quality forage for livestock, and food and cover for wildlife.  The plantís long flowering period and spreading habit, along with its tendency to form thickets or large colonies, make it ideal for wildlife food and cover.  Livestock, especially sheep and goats, readily eat the forage.

Maximilian sunflower may be used as a natural hedge or tall screen to block out harsh areas.  It also makes a colorful, attractive landscape plant.

Maximilian sunflower has the potential of being an excellent filter strip plant due to its seemingly great ability to uptake and use excess water and nutrients.

Description

Helianthus maximiliani, Maximilian sunflower, is a tall, warm season, spreading, perennial forb which is a member of the true sunflower family.  Large, showy, yellow blooms occur throughout the full 5‑7 feet height of the plant in great abundance during late summer and fall.  During this period, the plant adds a brilliant splash of color and texture to range sites, natural areas, and landscapes.

 Establishment

Maximilian Sunflower seedbed preparation should begin in the late summer or fall prior to a scheduled spring seeding.  This will greatly help reduce excessive weed growth.  Maximilian sunflower benefits from having a clean weed-free seedbed.

 Establish Maximilian Sunflower with range seeding mixtures at a rate of 1/4 to l/2 pounds of seed per acre.  If it is to be planted in strips or blocks, plant at a rate of 1 pound of seed per acre.  Seed should be placed from 3/8 to 1/2 inch deep.  In rows for hedges or screens, plant seed 1/2 to 1 inch apart and thin to 8 inches apart when plants are about 2 inches tall.  Allow about 3 feet to each side of planting to allow for plants to spread.

Once established Maximilian Sunflower will require little maintenance in range seeding situations.  Be aware that overgrazing of a range site, in which it is included, will destroy the planting.

Helianthus maximiliani Maximilian Sunflower planted in wildlife plots, strips, or hedge plantings may benefit from light applications of fertilizer to sustain production of mature plants.  Removal of previous years growth will help initiate early spring growth from dormant below‑ground buds.

The map below shows areas where Helianthus maximiliani Maximilian Sunflower grows wild but it can be planted and will grow over a much wider area than shown.  USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 9.

Helianthus maximiliani
Maximilian Sunflower

Alabama
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland

Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Jersey

New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota

Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

State Distributional Map for HEMA2

Use the chart below for shipping charges on Helianthus maximiliani Maximilian Sunflower seeds, to order copy the order form or email questions, comments & orders to john@easywildflowers.com 

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The minimum seed order amount is $10, this can be a combination of different seeds.

subtotal for flower seeds 

shipping charge for seeds

seed orders up to  $20.00    =    $3.00 shipping
$20.01 - $50.00    =    $4.00 shipping
$50.01-$100.00    =    $5.00 shipping

over $100.00    =    5 % of subtotal

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Helianthus maximiliani Maximilian Sunflower Plant distribution map complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
  (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.