SCIENTIFIC NAME: Helianthus pauciflorus ( Helianthus rigidus)
COMMON NAMES: Prairie Sunflower, Showy Sunflower, Stiff Sunflower
BLOOM TIME: July, Aug, Sept
- Flowers attract bumblebees, Miner bees, large Leaf-Cutting bees, Halictine bees, bee flies, butterflies, & skippers.
- Typical butterfly visitors include; Pearl Crescent, Painted Lady, & Checkerspot butterflies seeking nectar.
- Bees seek nectar & also collect pollen.
- Mammals that eat the seeds and/or other parts of sunflowers include Franklin Ground Squirrel, Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel, Plains Pocket Gopher, Prairie Vole, Meadow Vole, White-tailed Rabbit, White-tailed Deer, & domesticated livestock.