Growing Beach Sunflower (Helianthus debilis) is extremely easy because the tall groundcover from the aster/daisy family reseeds in the same spot. Beach Sunflower is actually in the same genus as the sunflower H. annuus.
I planted the Beach Sunflower plant near my mailbox and around three palm trees in my front Florida yard. After the first year, I decided to remove the Beach Sunflower plant from around the mail box simply because I heard the post-office mail carriers don’t appreciate too many plants around the mailbox that may attract bees or snakes.
In the spring and early summer I spent many occasions weeding out the young Beach Sunflower seedlings. It’s easy to identify the Beach Sunflower plant because they have sandpaper like feel to the leaves. But I left the Beach Sunflower seeds to grow around my palm trees.
Here are 10 tips for growing Beach Sunflower and the best Beach Sunflower information I can give:
No 1: Beach Sunflower information: Beach Sunflower seeds grow in sandy soil conditions which is why it’s seen near the beach.
No. 2: Beach Sunflower information: Beach Sunflower plants grow to be about three to four feet tall. They spread about 18 inches, but reseed so Beach Sunflower can truly take over a yard. The good news is they are so easy to pull up. You can keep them where you want them to be!
No. 3: Beach Sunflower has yellow flower heads that look like miniature sunflowers. They are about 2 to 3 inches across.
No. 4: Grow Beach Sunflower Helianthus debilis if you live in Florida, Texas on the Atlantic coast or North Carolina in Zones 8 to 11.
No. 5: Beach Sunflower plants are drought tolerant and a Florida native. It’s suitable for xeriscaping.
No. 6: Plant Beach Sunflower seeds grow in the full sun or under the light shade of a palm tree. The Beach Sunflower plant can definitely tolerate salt water spray!
No. 7: Beach Sunflower information for wildlife: Beach Sunflower plant provides nectar for butterflies and bees. It’s great for people who want to have a bee garden to help reverse the honeybee die-off problem.
No. 8: Don’t plant Beach Sunflower Helianthus debilis too close to other flowers. Beach Sunflower needs room to spread out. It will simply topple over the competitors. It’s quite lovely under palm trees or along beachy dunes. It’s even used for sand dune stabilization and wind erosion.
No. 9: Were do you purchase Beach Sunflower seeds or plants? Look for it at nurseries that carry Florida native plants. I purchased Beach Sunflower from Florida Native Plants in Sarasota. They list it as a wildflower.
No. 10: Beach Sunflower Helianthus debilis will freeze to the ground by late winter but reseeds easily. You will enjoy the showy yellow flowers throughout the year. They bring a bit of sunshine to your yard.
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