Friday, October 13, 2006
Willow-leaved Sunflower (Helianthus salicifolius)
I am not a 100% sure of the ID on this plant. It has been a great addition to the late season garden. It has been slowly spreading out from its original plants and since it is tall it kind of blooms above everything else. It doesn’t need staking which is a plus. It has come back every year for the last ten years and I have been moving a little bit here and there for a touch of October color. This is just coming into to flower now and is probably one the latest blooming perennials in the garden. It can tolerate a few light frosts. The foliage is a nice grayish color and is quite narrow bladed. I will be visiting my clump for a few more pictures as this flower is just opening.
I love shooting garden pictures this time of year. The colors are nice, of course, but the way the sunlight slants down seems better. We are in for a real cold snap and they have issued the first frost/freeze warning for Friday night. I am blowing out all the irrigation systems tomorrow. Just in time.
(Synonym: Helianthus filiformis, Helianthus orgyalis, Narrow-leaved Sunflower)