Skip to Content
American Meadows (USD) English
Home / Perennials / Western Sunflower

Western Sunflower

Helianthus occidentalis
SKU: HC017866
per Plant - 2.5" Pot
No longer available this season.
Western Sunflower (Helianthus occidentalis) is a compact native perennial with large yellow-orange flowers. It blooms for many weeks in late summer, attracting a wide variety of insect pollinators and seed-eating songbirds. It spreads by rhizomes to form large colonies, so it’s a great solution for poor soil sites. Give it room to spread alongside other meadow or prairie flowers.
key features
Botanical Name
Helianthus occidentalis
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Naturalizes, Cut Flowers, Erosion Control
Soil Moisture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
24-48" tall
Bloom Time
Late summer to early fall


This compact-growing, native perennial sunflower blooms for many weeks flowers beginning in late summer, attracting a wide variety of pollinators and later, seed-eating songbirds to its seed heads. Native to the eastern half of the US, the flowering plants only reach 3 to 4 feet in height. Spreading by rhizomes (horizontal growing roots), the plants will form large colonies, so give it room to expand. Growing in a wide range of soil types and climates, this wildflower makes a wonderful low-maintenance cottage garden or meadow/prairie plant. It’s also useful on slopes to hold the soil. Western Sunflowers makes a great companion for Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe), Purple Coneflower (Echinacea), and many native ornamental grasses like ‘Blonde Ambition’ Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis) and Prairie Switchgrass (Panicum).

Pioneers in sustainable gardening

Together, we’re improving the earth, one garden at a time

celebrating earth day, every day

High Country Gardens was founded with a mission to make sustainable gardening accessible to every gardener, and we believe the natural world needs champions now more than ever. We're your source for expert advice, a passionate community, and plants that are beautiful, resilient, and beneficial to a healthy ecosystem.