Silent Sunday – Wildflower

Swamp Sunflower – helianthus angustifolius
Name of flower provided by blogger, StonetheGardener

I cut these back in late July to create more branching and thus, more flowers

10 thoughts on “Silent Sunday – Wildflower”

    1. Meta – No, this is not the same flower I purchased a few weeks ago. Neither Mom nor I can remember how we finally came into possession of these Swamp Wildflowers. We had wanted them for years. In all likelihood, we dug them up along the side of the road or someone else dug them up and shared with us. Yes, the pots are antique pitch pots but we don’t know how old they are — no date on them. According to, these pots were developed by Dr. Charles H. Herty, Sr. in 1909 to collect pine pitch for making turpentine. In one of my older blog articles where I was giving a photo tour of our property, there’s an antique cast iron tub — fairly sizable — that Momma’s granny used to boil clothes on laundry day, make soap and no telling what else. We have a small collection of antiques that have come down to us through the years, including this property.

  1. In my garden, swamp sunflowers tower over my head, until they sprawl.

    I do have a question, though. When you dig these plants, do they have stolons?

    They look like the helianthus maximiliani prairie sunflower, rather than the swamp sunflower.

    1. Stone – My wildflowers have the ability to tower over my head (I’ve seen them 10 feet tall) but I don’t like that look so I cut them back in August before they had buds. I’m not an expert on roots since I’m more interested in the top of the plant so I’m sending you a photo by email so you can help me decide if that’s a tap root or a stolon. I do not have to dig these plants. They pull out of the ground very easily. They seem to spread but I don’t know if they spread by stolon roots or seeds.

      1. I may need to take some side by side photos… The pic looked like a stolon from what I could tell…
        I like the angustifolius much better than the stoloniferous maximiliani. I also like the wild look much better than the “nibbled” look that I get when I plant my sunflowers outside the fence where the deer eat them…

        1. Stone – Let me know what you decide on my wildflower. I would like to have it correctly identified. I don’t have problems with deer. Just the occasional rabbit, possum and raccoon and, of course, squirrels. When I first moved out here in the mid-80’s, we had foxes but the area has built up so much that the foxes have moved on.

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