Is this a Swamp Sunflower? (ID complete)

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Date Photo Taken: August 22, 2010
Location: Fayetteville, GA
Posted By: maryanne


Got this at a yardsale in Fayetteville, GA. Hasn’t yet bloomed. Friend says maybe a swamp sunflower? Bugs have been chewing on it a little. Is about 5-6 feet tall. When will it bloom? And where will the blooms come out on it?


  1. Donna Toulme Registered says:

    My wonderful gardening neighbor gave several to me this year and, according to her wisdom, this is a swamp sunflower and will bloom toward the end of September. She said to cut it back to the ground after frost/dies and it will live again next season. They generally grow this tall. This is my first season so I am in a learning year. dt

    August 25th, 2010 at 8:35 am
  2. Mary Anne Unregistered says:

    Thanks Donna. I can’t wait to see the blooms. It’s right outside my backdoor. It’s still August and it looks as if no flowers are even thinking about blooming. I will wait and see. Good luck with yours. Thanks again!

    August 25th, 2010 at 10:32 am
  3. Dub Strickland Unregistered says:

    I agree with Donna.
    I have a grouping of plants that appears to be the same as yours and have decided they are Helianthus angustifolias. The patch is like a ray of sunlight along about dark. There is a large planting along a fence next door to Burt’s Pumpkin Patch. Very striking.

    August 26th, 2010 at 7:06 pm
  4. Shannon Pable Unregistered says:

    Definitely swamp sunflower…mine are 8-9ft tall and just covered with swallowtail butterflies!

    Shannon Pable
    Garden Designer

    August 31st, 2010 at 6:22 pm
  5. Mary Anne Unregistered says:

    Shannon, are your’s in bloom right now, or are the butterflies hovering around the leaves? Mine don’t even look like their near bloom time 🙁

    August 31st, 2010 at 9:27 pm
  6. Shannon Pable Unregistered says:

    no, i was referring to years’ past. They are just starting to open. As my black eyed susans are winding down, my swamp sunflowers are just starting to bloom. It looks like yours are in a bit of shade…this will delay their bloom time. So I’m sure they’ll do their thing soon 🙂

    August 31st, 2010 at 11:05 pm
  7. moosta Registered says:

    thank’s for all those coments,I was looking for the name all over on line and in catalogs could’nt find it,my question is ,is it seed or plant and where do you find it thank you..

    January 28th, 2012 at 2:37 pm
  8. Shannon Pable Unregistered says:

    They are a great pass along plant… So if you have any garden friends nearby, you might be in luck. I did find a link for a place to buy seeds
    Good luck!

    January 30th, 2012 at 7:33 am

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