Helianthus giganteus

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Helianthus giganteus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Helianthus
Species: H. giganteus
Binomial name
Helianthus giganteus
  • Helianthus alienus E.Watson
  • Helianthus borealis E.Watson
  • Helianthus subtuberosus (Britton) Britton
  • Helianthus validus E.Watson

Helianthus giganteus (giant sunflower or tall sunflower), is a species of Helianthus native to the eastern United States and eastern and central Canada, from Newfoundland west to Alberta south to Minnesota, Mississippi, and South Carolina.[2][3][4]

Helianthus giganteus is a perennial herbaceous plant growing up to 4 m (over 13 feet) tall. The leaves are slender, lanceolate. The flower heads are bright yellow, up to 7 cm (2.8 inches) in diameter. They are most commonly found in valleys with wet meadows or swamps.[5][4]