The botanical name of hairy desert sunflowers is Geraea canescens. The plant has been actually tagged with a rather unappealing name; however the yellow, daisy-like blooms with bright orange centers are anything but dull. The plant is actually named for the hairy, greenish grey leaves. Continue reading to learn more about hairy desert sunflowers.


Hairy Desert Sunflower Plant Info

Actually the hairy desert sunflowers are common across much of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The hairy desert sunflowers are happiest in sandy or gravelly desert conditions. The hairy desert sunflower is also known as desert gold, desert sunflower plants and they generally bloom in January and February, with sporadic reappearances in October and November. The hairy desert sunflowers are among the very first annual wildflowers to bloom in spring.  

As the name actually suggests, the hairy desert sunflower plant is a close cousin to the tall garden sunflower that we all know and love. The hairy desert sunflowers can reach a height of about thirty inches. The hairy desert sunflower is an important pollinator. The plant also attracts one specific type of bee that depends solely on desert sunflower plants for pollen. The bee actually leaves the protection of its underground burrow just in time to take advantage of the blooms in early spring.  

Growing Hairy Desert Sunflowers

Growing hairy desert sunflowers is not too difficult. Just plant the hairy desert sunflowers seeds and then keep the soil moist until they germinate. Late fall is the best time for planting the hairy desert sunflower seeds. The plant actually requires full sun and, as mentioned above, they also prefer poor, dry, gravelly or sandy soil. Once the plant is established, the plant care is minimal, as they needs very little water, but does benefit from an occasional watering during the heat of summer. The hairy desert sunflower plants require no fertilizer. Most wildflowers don’t often survive in overly rich soil. Like most wildflowers, the hairy desert sunflower plants generally reseed themselves if conditions are right. 

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