Helianthella californica

Photo courtesy of Alice Cummings

A cheery native sunflower with golden yellow 2” flowers and tidy basal foliage. Native to the Northern coastal areas of California, its fresh dark-green lance shaped leaves are nearly 1’ long, forming a small full mound about 8-10” high and 2’ wide, above which the bright yellow sunflowers bob on 18-24” stems. Attracts scads of butterflies and bees. Blooming late spring and early summer, this tap-rooted perennial is quite hardy and will return and form additional clumps year after year if happy. Needing only low water and well-draining soil we add the proviso that rich soil will help this adorable native shine with even more blooms and healthier foliage during its bloom season. Drought tolerant once established.

Marti B.
Gardener at Large

Low Water

CA Native Perennial
USDA zones 9-11