Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Ashy Sunflower - Helianthus mollis   Lamarck
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DistributionScattered in the Piedmont, low Mountains, and southwestern Coastal Plain. First collected in 1932 in Durham and Orange counties.

Native of the Midwest.
AbundanceRare to uncommon in the Piedmont; rare elsewhere.
HabitatRoadsides (sand, clay, diabase), pine woods, clearings, fields, woods borders, orchard, granite outcrop.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-September.
IdentificationAshy Sunflower has pale gray undersides to the rather short, sessile, ovate (to nearly triangular) leaves. The leaves very gradually become smaller up the stem. The entire plant is densely pubescent and appears quite glaucous or pale green.
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