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Helianthus spp.
Black Oil Sunflower

The grain is used for oil and meal; the meal provides quality livestock feed; an extremely popular food source for birds; may be left in the field for winter bird food.

General Product Information:

Item Number: HELBLACK
Species Type: Naturalized
Product Categories:

Classification: Herbaceous Annual
Characteristics: Flowers have pie pan-sized seedheads.
Bloom Period: Summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Foliage Color: Green
Height: Up to 9.8 Ft
Minimum Root Depth: 8 in
pH: 0.0 – 6.0

Indicator Regions (view map & key):

Northcentral & Northeast: FACU
Midwest: FACU
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FAC
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FAC


Shade: Full Sun
Drought: Moderate

Seed Information:

Seeding Rate: Expect to apply about 20 lb per acre.
Truax Seedbox: Fluffy



Price: $0.94/lb

This species is included in the following Ernst Seed Mixes

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