Maximillian Sunflower

(Helianthus maximilian)

Aztec Maximilian Sunflower is a tall, warm season, perennial forb which is a member of the true sunflower family. Large, showy yellow blooms occur throughout the full 5-10 feet height of the plant in great abundance during late summer and fall.

During this period, the plant adds a brilliant splash of color and texture to range sites, natural areas, and landscapes. Aztec Maximilian sunflower provides an ideal food source and cover for wildlife. Deer and livestock especially goats readily consume the forage.

Aztec Maximilian sunflower is well adapted to the Great Plains and most parts of the South, and Southeast portion of the United States. It is adapted to most soil types, ranging from sands to clays. It favors good internal drainage and sunny locations. Excessive long-term wetness or salinity may create problems with keeping stands. Aztec performs best in areas receiving 18 inches or more annual precipitation.

Establish with range seeding mixtures at a rate of 1/4 to 1/2 pounds of seed per acre. Drill or broadcast at 3 pls pounds per acre. Seed should be planted 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. Once established, Aztec will require little maintenance in range seeding situations.

Maximillian Sunflower
Helianthus annuus ‘Maximillian’

General Characteristics

Growth Type:Bunch
Life Span:Perennial
Growing Season:Warm Season
Plant Height:5-7 feet
Cold Tolerance:Good
Drought Tolerance:Good
Salt Tolerance:Poor
Soil Type:Widely Adapted
Minimum Rainfall:18 inches
Planting Rate:2-3 pls#
Planting Date:Feb. - June
Seed Type:Smooth
Uses:Grazing, Wildlife Habitat, Erosion Control, Reclamation