Grazing North Texas: Maximillian Sunflower

By Tony Dean | tonydean.tx1@gmail.com


People love to see pretty wildflowers, and this one certainly qualifies. The bright yellow flowers, from three to six inches in diameter, decorate Texas roadsides during late summer and early fall. When rainfall is adequate, plants grow from three to eight feet tall, with multiple blooms along the erect stems.


Maximillian sunflower is a perennial, spreads by rhizomes and can form dense colonies. Stems that emerge in early summer from the fleshy rootstock are erect and unbranched.

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