Helianthus maximiliana Dakota Sunshine

Dakota Sunshine Maximilian's Sunflower




Exclusive. Dakota Sunshine is an August blooming selection of the native Maximilian's Sunflower. Choosen from South Dakota collected seed, this cultivar is especially useful in short season climates to avoid flower damage from early frosts. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction.

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Zones 3 - 8
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Adds Texture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20"
Bloom Time Late summer to fall
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 55955


5-6' tall x 3-5' wide (cutting propagated). Gardeners in cold, short growing season areas can now enjoy the spectacular beauty of Maximilian's Sunflower. High Country Gardens, working with Scott and Lauren Springer Ogden is introducing this newly selected, early blooming cultivar of Maximilian's Sunflower, 'Dakota Sunshine.' While most Maximilian Sunflowers begin blooming in mid-September through early October, 'Dakota Sunshine' comes into flower in mid-August and avoids the hard, early frost common to short season climates. Adaptable to growing in any soil (including clay), this perennial sunflower is a big, easy-to-grow native prairie plant that is perfect for planting in hedges and in front of blank fences and walls where its ornamental foliage will add interest and texture to the landscape. Cut back old stems to 2-3” above ground-level in mid-spring.
SKU 55955
Common Name Dakota Sunshine Maximilian's Sunflower
Botanical Name Helianthus maximiliana Dakota Sunshine
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Yellow
Mature Height 5-6' tall
Mature Spread 3-5' wide
Bloom Time Late summer to fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Adds Texture
Special Groups High Country Gardens Exclusive, High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring 2017, beginning in late February.

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Deer-proof when mature
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Versatile
  • Vigorous


    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Large background planting 4' - 6' tall
    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Helianthus maximiliana Dakota Sunshine:

    Extremely hardy in successive harsh, snowless winters here in the northeast.

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    USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
    • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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