Helianthus lenticularis - Douglas.
Common Name Wild Sunflower
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Roadsides and waste places[71] in rich soils[43].
Range N. America - Minnesota to North Dakota, Idaho, Missouri, Texas and California.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Moist Soil Full sun

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Helianthus lenticularis Wild Sunflower

Helianthus lenticularis Wild Sunflower
Physical Characteristics
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Helianthus lenticularis is a ANNUAL growing to 3 m (9ft 10in). The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, flies.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

H. annuus lenticularis.

 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Oil;  Seed.
Edible Uses: Coffee;  Oil.

Seed - raw or cooked[172]. The seed can be dried and ground into a powder then used with cereal flowers in making breads, cakes and rich soups[183]. An edible oil is obtained from the seed[183]. The roasted shells, after the starch has been removed, or the roasted seeds, can be used in preparing a coffee-like beverage[183].
Medicinal Uses
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None known


Other Uses

None known
Cultivation details
Succeeds in most soils in a sunny position[1]. Requires a rich soil[1]. Dislikes shade[1]. The young growth is extremely attractive to slugs, plants can be totally destroyed by them[K]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[233]. Probably no more than the wild form of the cultivated sunflower, H. annuus, it is treated as a sub-species of that by many botanists[1, 200].
Seed - sow in mid spring in situ. An earlier start can be made by sowing 2 - 3 seeds per pot in a greenhouse in early spring. Use a fairly rich compost. Thin to the strongest seedling, give them an occasional liquid feed to make sure they do not become nutrient deficient and plant them out in late spring or early summer.
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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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