Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe

Maximilian's Sunflower

 
 

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
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20"
Bloom Time Early to mid fall
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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 Native
Special Groups High Country Gardens Exclusive, High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

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

New perennial/spring-planted bulb orders will begin shipping the week of May 23.

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges. New orders will begin shipping the week of May 23.

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High Country GardensHelianthus maximiliana Santa Fe
 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (12)
  • Hardy (11)
  • Healthy (11)
  • Accurate instructions (6)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Outdoors (10)
  • Garden (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (11)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (10)

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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5.0

Little work, Great Rewards! Showstopper

By 

from Colorado Springs , co

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    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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    • Personal

    (2 of 2 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

    Best Uses

    • 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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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I miss them!

    By 

    from Wanship, Utah

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Reviewer

    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.

    (2 of 2 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

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Beautiful
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about High Country Gardens Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe:

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

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      • Personal

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      These are Awesome

      By 

      from Olney Springs, CO

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Outdoors

        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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        • Personal
         
        5.0

        Beautiful until the deer found them

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        from Cedar Grove, California

        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Healthy

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about High Country Gardens Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe:

            beautiful!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            tall as my greenhouse

            By 

            from Bend, or

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            Pros

            • Big
            • Hardy
            • Healthy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • 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!

              (6 of 6 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.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              One of the best sunflowers

              By 

              from Central Valley, CA

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Pros

              • Attractive

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Garden
              • Outdoors

              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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              • Personal

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Wonderful product!

              By 

              from Wamego, KS

              About Me Getting Started

              Verified Reviewer

              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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              • Personal

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              My new fall favorite

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              from Pueblo, CO

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Hardy
              • Healthy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • 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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                (5 of 5 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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                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Healthy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden
                  • Outdoors

                  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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                  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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