Woodland Sunflower - Helianthus divaricatus • (Composite family - Compositae)

 

Woodland Sunflower - Helianthus divaricatus • (Composite family - Compositae) Yellow flower heads on branches from a smooth or slightly rough main stem. Leaves have very short stalks or are stalkless. 2 - 6 ½ feet. Open woods, dry thickets.

 

 

 

 

The generic name combines the Greek helios, "sun," and anthos, "flower." They were worshipped by the early Incas as a symbol of the sun. Native Americans ate the seeds or boiled them to obtain oil to dress their hair. They also used the stalks for textile fibers and the dried leaves as a substitute for tobacco.

 

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