Helianthus Salicifolius is a tall architectural foliage plant, with frothy plumes of feathery fine foliage surrounding the tall stems. In the autumn it has yellow flowers (it is a perennial sunflower, after all!) with a delightful chocolate scent. Sun! Any reasonable soil, but not too dry. 6 feet plus. 2 litre pot.
Helianthus, as we probably don’t need to remind you, is the sunflower, with its most popular and commonly seen representative being Helianthus Annuus, the annual type that has sparked a multitude of varieties, not to mention competitions for the tallest specimen. As helios is Greek for sun and anthos Greek for flower, the meaning of the name is a bit of a no-brainer. The Salicifolius bit refers to the leaves being like those of Salix, or willow, and in its native North America this plant is commonly known as the willow-leaved sunflower.
If it doesn’t get enough in the way of sun, Helianthus Salicifolius will tend to grow taller and a bit floppy and to produce fewer flowers. For best results, therefore, plant in full sun. In late autumn you should cut the tall stems back to base, unless you prefer a bit of architectural salvage through the winter months, in which case do the deed in early spring before the new season’s growth comes through.
Helianthus Salicifolius is a hardy perennial plant with tall upright stems clothed in fine willowy foliage and yellow sunflowers in autumn suitable for full sun.
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