Helianthus × laetiflorus

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Cheerful sunflower
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Scientific classification
H. x laetiflorus
Binomial name
Helianthus × laetiflorus
Pers. 1807
  • Helianthus laetiflorus Pers.
  • Helianthus severus E.Watson
  • Helianthus superbus E.Watson
  • Helianthus tricuspis Elliott

Helianthus × laetiflorus, the cheerful sunflower[2] or perennial sunflower,[3] is a plant in the daisy family, Asteraceae. It is widespread in scattered locations across much of Canada from Newfoundland to British Columbia, and the central and eastern United States as far south as Texas and Georgia.[4]


Helianthus × laetiflorus is a herbaceous plant with alternate, simple leaves, on green stems. The flowers are yellow, borne in late summer.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Helianthus × laetiflorus Pers.". The Global Compositae Checklist (GCC) – via The Plant List.
  2. ^ "Helianthus × laetiflorus". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  3. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  4. ^ "Helianthus X laetiflorus". State-level distribution map from the North American Plant Atlas (NAPA). Biota of North America Program (BONAP). 2014.
  5. ^ Scoggan, H. J. (1979). "Part 4, Dicotyledoneae: Loasaceae to Compositae". Flora of Canada. Ottawa: National Museums of Canada. pp. 1117–1711.
  6. ^ Gleason, H. A. (1968). "The Sympetalous Dicotyledoneae". In Gleason, H. A. (ed.). New Britton and Brown Illustrated Flora of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. 3. New York Botanical Garden.