Fact Sheet: Beach Sunflower

The beach sunflower is a fast-growing ground cover. The beach sunflower is a highly salt-tolerant plant that thrives in sandy, well-drained soil in full sun. It can be found growing naturally on sand dunes and with native vines and grasses. It spreads by aboveground stems and by seeds. The stems are easily rooted wherever they touch ground. Under adequate growing conditions, it becomes a shrubby ground cover of about two to four feet tall.

  • Helianthus debilis (heel-ee-ANTH-us DEB-bil-liss)
  • Family: Asteraceae (heel-ee-ANTH-us DEB-bil-liss)
  • Beach sunflower; dune sunflower
  • Uses: Groundcover; butterfly attractant; border; mass planting; cascading down a wall; dune stabilizer; edging

View the fact sheet – Beach Dune Sunflower – Helianthus_debilis


Stephen Brown, Horticulture Extension Agent in Lee County.
Posted: May 8, 2017

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Beach Sunflower, Dune Sunflower, Fact Sheet, Lee County, Southwest, Stephen Brown

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