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Common Name: Paleleaf Woodland Sunflower
Helianthus strumosus is a perennial plant that can grow up to 2.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
N. America - Quebec to N. Dakota, south to Florida and Texas.
Dry woods and banks[
]. Woods, roadsides, prairies from sea level to 1500 metres[
Succeeds in most soils in a sunny position[
]. Requires a rich soil[
]. Dislikes shade[
]. Prefers a moist soil[
The young growth is extremely attractive to slugs, plants can be totally destroyed by them[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[
Plants have a running root system and can be invasive[
]. No more details but it is probably used raw or cooked like the Jerusalem artichoke.
A decoction of the roots has been used to get rid of worms in both adults and children[
]. An infusion of the roots has been used in the treatment of lung problems[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring or autumn. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.