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Re: Late summer/fall flowers/helianthus maximus

Gary, I'm glad you mentioned helianthus maximus. I ordered one plant last
year, from High Country Gardens out of Santa Fe, NM. It was just a piddly
little thing that I stuck in between some rudbeckias and ornamental
grasses. But by late September---WOW! I think that the stems were at least
six feet tall, and the flowers were wonderful. No photo I've seen does
justice to this great plant. This spring, I moved it to an area where it
won't be crowded by other plants. It deserves to be shown off as a
specimen. I've read that it can be spready, but that's OK with me.

Myrna, Zone 3, Montana


At 09:21 PM 5/31/99 -0700, you wrote:
>Another spectacular late bloomer that may require a little more water
>on your soil and  climate is Helianthus maximillian.  The whole plant
lights up
>with little yellow sunflowers in October, and it will do amazingly well with
>really meager water rations.  It may look peaked in the midsummer and will
>get very tall, but come the cooler  weather of fall, it gets itself back in
>some condition and blooms.
>Gary Matson     Far Northern California
>Adapted Plants for Hot Summer Climates

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