Wild Florida Photo - Helianthus debilis

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Helianthus debilis

  var.  debilis

EAST COAST DUNE SUNFLOWER

BEACH SUNFLOWER

CUCUMBERLEAF SUNFLOWER

Florida native

 

This attractive ground cover can be found on coastal dunes and in landscapes along the east coast of Florida from St. Johns County to the keys. The two subspecies with decumbent stems have limited ranges, H. debilis debilis on the east coast of Florida and H. debilis vestitus on the west coast from Pinellas to Lee Counties. H. debilis cucumerifolius has erect stems and ranges from the central peninsula through the panhandle, west into Texas and up the Atlantic coast to Maine, plus West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Each flower is borne on a long stalk and consists of yellow ray florets surrounding a head of reddish-purplish disk florets. Blooms appear all year. The alternate leaves are entire to shallowly and fairly evenly toothed.

 
Helianthus debilis is a member of the Asteraceae - Aster family.

Other species of the Helianthus genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Helianthus debilis var. vestitus - WEST COAST DUNE SUNFLOWER
  View  Helianthus radula - RAYLESS SUNFLOWER
  View  Helianthus angustifolius - NARROWLEAF SUNFLOWER
  View  Helianthus agrestis - SOUTHEASTERN SUNFLOWER