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Michigan Pale-Leaf Woodland Sunflower

Package of 4 tubers, MPLS_4 $10.20

Tags: Pale-leaf, sunflower

This unique sunflower is a close relative of the jerusalem artichoke only the roots are very thin and branched. it too spreads by stolons which looks like the branches of a tree. 

The tops are a favorite browse plant for the white tailed deer and to keep it going at our farm we had to grow it in tubs protected by Deer-Off during the summer. Interesting in that this tuber responds to browse by generating a lot of foliage close to the ground generating more roots at the same time.

This selection was found off I-94 after major excavation took place near a hillside. It developed into a sizable colony which was then exterminated by herbicide and mowing over a 10 year period.  It appears to be true to type and has the unique foliage and tubers expected from the named species strummosus. Because of the thicker and more numerous hairs on the leaves we believe it is more drought tolerant than our other sunchoke varietes.  It spreads but not overly aggressive for a sunchoke and easy to remove from the soil.  Edible but not tasty.

Plant Specs
Genus & Species Helianthus strumosus
Seed Source Michigan
Hardiness -30F
Height (ft) 6
Climate zones 3-9
Ease of Cultivation Anyone can grow it. It can tolerate some shade but as shade gets denser say goodbye to the flower production.