Helianthus divaricatus L. - Woodland Sunflower
Family - Asteraceae
Adaxial surface of leaf.
Abaxial surface of leaf.
Flowering - June - September.
Habitat - Woodlands, roadsides.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This attractive species can be found scattered throughout Alabama. The plant can be identified by its long rhizomes, thin stems (which are typically somewhat glaucous and brownish-purple), spreading, sessile leaves, and typically single, terminal flower head. The leaves are harshly scabrous and have rounded bases. The stems are typically glabrous but have some hairs near the apex of the internodes.
Photographs taken at Fort Benning, GA., 7-3-05.