A tall, perennial plant, with densely soft-hairy stem and downy-pubescent leaves. Stem stout, usually but sparingly branched. Leaves ovate with a heart-shaped base closely clasping the stem, softly pubescent on both surfaces, opposite, 2 to 5 inches long, 1 to 21/2 inches wide, with serrulate margins. Heads of flowers yellow, 2 to 3 inches broad, borne solitary on few or several stout peduncles. Disk yellow, about 1 inch broad, surrounded by the numerous bright yellow ray flowers. Bracts of the involucre lanceolate, somewhat spreading and canescent with whitish hairs.

In dry or barren soil, Massachusetts to Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, south to Georgia and Texas. Flowering in August and September.

Memoir 15 N. Y. State Museum

Plate 258

Hairy Wild Sunflower   Helianthus mollis

Hairy Wild Sunflower - Helianthus mollis