Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe

Maximilian's Sunflower

 
 

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Exclusive. Santa Fe is a selected form of Maximilian's Sunflower chosen for its huge, bright yellow daisies that tightly pack the 6 foot tall flowering spike. A tough perennial for difficult growing conditions, it blooms in mid-September. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction.

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20"
Bloom Time Early to mid fall
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 55952

Details

6-8' tall x 4' wide (cutting propagated). Maximilian's Sunflower is one of fall's showiest wildflowers. 'Santa Fe' is our superior cultivar selected for its incredible flowers, stunning foliage and mid-fall bloom time. The large golden-yellow flowers are tightly stacked on the top 3 to 4 feet of the stem, and the large deep green symmetrically arranged leaves make an attractive hedge many months before the plant comes into flowers. Grows in any soil including heavy clay.
SKU 55952
Common Name Maximilian's Sunflower
Botanical Name Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Yellow
Mature Height 6-8' tall
Mature Spread 4' wide
Bloom Time Early to mid 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
Special Groups High Country Gardens Exclusive, High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips On Growing Helianthus (Sunflower)

Helianthus (Sunflower) are showy late summer/early fall blooming native wildflowers that are deer and rabbit resistant. There are both annual and perennials sunflower varieties.

Preferred growing conditions:

  • Both annual and perennial Sunflower varieties grow easily in all types of soil including clay.
  • Plant in full, hot sun.
  • Sunflowers do not need to be mulched, but when planted in a garden with other plants that are mulched, they amenable to most common types of mulch including crushed gravel in xeriscapes.
  • Perennials like Helianthus maximiliana and its hybrids are xeric (waterwise). After becoming well established by their second growing season they do best with deep but infrequent watering. Too much water makes them tall and floppy; it’s best to grow them on the dry side.
  • Annual types need regular irrigation when there has been no rain.
  • Perennial types just need a few handfuls of compost and Yum Yum Mix in the planting hole to get them off to a good start.
  • Annual types benefit from more extensive soil preparation and will grow more vigorously when the soil has rototilled or dug to a depth of 8 to 12 inches and enriched with ample compost and Yum Yum Mix.

Special comments:

  • Undaunted® Lemon Max hybrid perennial sunflower sets a lot of seed. If re-seeding is not desirable, it should be deadheaded shortly after blooming has finished to reduce the number of volunteer seedlings.
  • Maximilian sunflower varieties are very vigorous growers that spread via underground roots. They should not be planted in flower beds with good soil as they will crowd out their neighbors; they are best planted in poor soil sites along fences, empty walls and other peripheral areas where their large size is an advantage.
  • Sunflower seeds are a favorite food of many songbirds, so don't deadhead the plants after blooming.

Garden Care:

  • Leave perennial plants standing over the winter and cut them back hard to a height of 1-2" in early to mid-spring.
  • Perennial varieties are easily divided in the spring to propagate additional plants or keep them in bounds if they grow too wide.
  • The seed of annual varieties should be planted when the soil begins to warm up in late spring. Sow seeds at the same time when planting corn in your area.

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

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.

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High Country GardensHelianthus maximiliana Santa Fe
 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

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93%

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Pros

  • Attractive (14)
  • Hardy (13)
  • Healthy (12)
  • Accurate instructions (6)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

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  • Outdoors (11)
  • Garden (10)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

I miss them!

I planted many of these sunflowers on the side of my old house next to some planting beds and they were absolutely gorgeous every autumn without fail. We've since moved up to the mountains...Read complete review

I planted many of these sunflowers on the side of my old house next to some planting beds and they were absolutely gorgeous every autumn without fail. We've since moved up to the mountains at 8k feet. While reading the reviews I hear they still do well at high altitude but someone said they had a problem with nibbling deer. We've got everything now. Deer, moose, rabbits, you name it. I think I'll try a couple to see how they do before committing to filling in a longer fence line. I highly recommend them if you have a large, sunny area to fill.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Lovely but beware

It sure is beautiful and the bees love it. However, if you have good conditions it will take over your whole garden. And its stems are hard to cut with a weedwacker. I...Read complete review

It sure is beautiful and the bees love it. However, if you have good conditions it will take over your whole garden. And its stems are hard to cut with a weedwacker. I would suggest that you keep them by themselves. Spectacular. Bee friendly. Drought resistant. Aggressive.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful and tough sunflower

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from Fort Collins, CO

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  • Hardy
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      Comments about High Country Gardens Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe:

      I planted this in one place, then in early August decided to move it to the other side of the yard and ripped the young plant out of the ground for the move. It suffered a lot of stress, but I cut back the dead foliage and it bounced back very nicely and still managed a great display of flowers on the chopped back portions. I can't wait to see what it'll do in a year that I don't interfere!

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      5.0

      Great, Big Plant!

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      from Northern Nevada

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      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe:

        Great plant! Located in an area with all-day, hot sun. Planted in late spring, and grew to over 6 feet tall by the end of the summer, covered with flowers. We get high winds in this area, and one of the plants snapped. Will probably stake them next summer.

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        5.0

        Little work, Great Rewards! Showstopper

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        from Colorado Springs , co

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        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe:

          After 1 year more than doubled in size.
          Beautiful flowers, little, iIf any work. Hardy and beautiful

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          lovely wild child

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          from Los Alamos, NM

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy

          Cons

          • Heavy

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          • Garden
          • Outdoors

          Comments about High Country Gardens Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe:

          I love this plant. It is unfailing. BUT it does want to take over. I bought two plants and one would have been more than enough for the corner I put it in. It leans way away from the house and I needed to tie it up to keep it straight and from covering up any plant in its way. It rules the space. Mine grew about 9 - 10 ft tall. Birds LOVE it and harvest the seed heads well into fall. I recommend it as long as it's placed in the proper place.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I miss them!

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          from Wanship, Utah

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Outdoors
          • Patio

          Comments about High Country Gardens Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe:

          I planted many of these sunflowers on the side of my old house next to some planting beds and they were absolutely gorgeous every autumn without fail. We've since moved up to the mountains at 8k feet. While reading the reviews I hear they still do well at high altitude but someone said they had a problem with nibbling deer. We've got everything now. Deer, moose, rabbits, you name it. I think I'll try a couple to see how they do before committing to filling in a longer fence line. I highly recommend them if you have a large, sunny area to fill.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          love this beautiful plant

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          from Monument CO

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy
          • Multitude Of Blooms

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Outdoors

          Comments about High Country Gardens Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe:

          Planted this plant in early May. Even with our elevtion of 7000' by August it was full grown with multiple blooms. It's in encredible how fast this grew. People hiking the trail behind our house stop and ask the name of the plant & where we bought it. Love it!

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          5.0

          just as advertized

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          from Hopkinsville, Ky

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          • Beautiful
          • Hardy
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            Comments about High Country Gardens Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe:

            grew to over 6 feet tall and covered with flowers, amazing

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            These are Awesome

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            from Olney Springs, CO

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            • Attractive
            • Hardy
            • Healthy
            • Versatile

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe:

              I have ordered these several times and given them to friends as gifts. Everyone who gets them loves them, very hardy, water wise and beautiful in the fall when in bloom

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              5.0

              Beautiful until the deer found them

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              from Cedar Grove, California

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                  Comments about High Country Gardens Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe:

                  beautiful!

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  tall as my greenhouse

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                  from Bend, or

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                  Pros

                  • Big
                  • Hardy
                  • Healthy

                  Cons

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                    • Garden

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe:

                    This sunflower is quite a show-off mine grows 10+ feet tall and is covered in blossoms in the fall. I look forward to its bloom each year. It has gotten larger each season!

                    (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Lovely but beware

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                    from Frederic, Wi

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                    Pros

                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy

                    Cons

                    • Aggressive And Prolific

                    Best Uses

                    • By Itself

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe:

                    It sure is beautiful and the bees love it. However, if you have good conditions it will take over your whole garden. And its stems are hard to cut with a weedwacker. I would suggest that you keep them by themselves. Spectacular. Bee friendly. Drought resistant. Aggressive.

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                    • Personal

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    One of the best sunflowers

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                    from Central Valley, CA

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                    Pros

                    • Attractive

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Garden
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                    Comments about High Country Gardens Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe:

                    I'm just getting started on a butterfly garden and this plant makes a beautiful addition, as it has lots and lots of flowers on one branch.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Wonderful product!

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                    from Wamego, KS

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                    Pros

                    • Attractive
                    • Beautiful Flowering Bush
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy

                    Cons

                    • No Complaints Perfect

                    Best Uses

                    • Garden
                    • Lawn
                    • Lots Of Flowers
                    • Outdoors

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe:

                    This plant was so east to get started. The first year it bloomed quite well, but the second year it bloomed profusely. I love it!.

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                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    My new fall favorite

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                    from Pueblo, CO

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                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy

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                      • Outdoors

                      Comments about High Country Gardens Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe:

                      I have been buying from High Country Gardens for the past 5 or 6 seasons and their plants are the BEST. The selection of xeric, easy to grow plants is the best I've ever found. I will continue to use their products to landscape my arid mountain garden!

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                      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Easy to care for and stunning display

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                      from Erie, CO

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                      • Attractive
                      • Hardy
                      • Healthy

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                        Comments about High Country Gardens Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe:

                        I live near Denver, CO where we have temperature extremes in both summer and winter. Once established, this plant takes minimal care. It holds up well through hot, dry summers and in a milder summer with more rain and less heat, absolutely thrives. It does grow very tall and can get top heavy once it starts to bloom so I have found that it does better against a wall, fence or in a place protected by strong winds. It also blooms much better if it gets a full day of sun. It doesn't bloom until late summer but the display is absolutely amazing and worth the wait.

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