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Helianthus occidentalis ssp dowelianus

Eastern Sunflower

North American Native


Helianthus occidentalis in general are known as western sunflower. This subspecies, dowelinanus, has been removed by the USDA, but we are keeping it attached, as it is the designation of the eastern subspecies. Seed collected along the Greenbriar River in WV. Short in stature, but adaptable to many sites in full sun. Deer and drought tolerant, they thrive in dry shallow soils, rocky soils, and clay. Attract butterflies and pollinators, and birds to their valuable seed source. Great cut flower.


2-4 ft


1-2 ft


2-3 ft

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Helianthus occidentalis ssp dowelianus Characteristics

Attracts Wildlife

  • Songbirds
  • Pollinators
  • Butterflies


  • Drought Tolerant
  • Dried Flower
  • Rock Garden
  • Cut Flower
  • Naturalizing
  • Long Blooming
  • Interesting Foliage
  • East-Coast Native


  • Full Sun

Deer Resistant

  • Deer Resistant

Flowering Months

  • September
  • August

Foliage Color

  • Green

Growth Rate

  • Medium

Salt Tolerance

  • High

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Fall

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Dry to Moist

Plants that work well with Helianthus occidentalis ssp dowelianus ''

Purple coneflower Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Butterfly weed Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Blue-stem goldenrod Blue-stem goldenrod (Solidago caesia)
Green-headed coneflower Green-headed coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata)
Woodland Phlox Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata)