Helianthus divaricatus, also known as rough or woodland sunflower,is a native herbaceous perennial in the aster family that can grow 5 to 7 feet tall. It is native to eastern and central North America The leaves have smooth to slightly toothed margins and hairy undersides (hence the “rough” in the name). The leaves often have no stem. Large, yellow flowers first mature in early summer and continue into early fall.

Woodland Sunflower is easy to grow in average well-drained soils in partial shade. It is tolerant of a wide range of soil types. Use in the native/pollinator garden, naturalized area or woodland garden. It is drought tolerant once established. It is a high-value wildlife plant.

Taller plants may benefit from staking.