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Photo of ashy sunflowers showing flowers, leaves, and stems.

Ashy Sunflower

Often growing in colonies, ashy sunflower is relatively short compared to others in its genus. Its grayish, hairy, sessile, broadly oval leaves, and its appearance in upland prairies in the southern half of the state, help to identify it.

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Photo of an ashy sunflower flowerhead.

Ashy Sunflower

The few flowerheads of ashy sunflower have 17–30 ray florets, which are often a lemony yellow. The flowerheads are about 3½ inches wide.

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Photo of the base of an ashy sunflower flowerhead, showing involucral bracts.

Ashy Sunflower (Involucre)

The overlapping bracts (called involucral bracts) beneath the flowerhead of ashy sunflower are many, narrow, and covered with hairs.

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Photo of ashy sunflower stem showing two opposite, sessile leaves.

Ashy Sunflower (Leaves)

The leaves of ashy sunflower are opposite, sessile, broadly ovate, stiff, and densely gray-hairy, with inconspicuous teeth.

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Photo of many blooming ashy sunflower plants, showing gray-green leaves.

Ashy Sunflower Colony

Colonies of ashy sunflowers, with their sunny yellow blossoms and grayish foliage, make a striking late summer display in our native tallgrass prairies.

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Photo of many blooming ashy sunflower plants, showing gray-green leaves.

Ashy Sunflower Colony

Ashy sunflower is a native perennial wildflower that usually grows in colonies. It’s most often encountered in prairies in all but the southeastern quarter of the state.

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