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As a comment about Maximilian Sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani), MotherRaphaela wrote:

This sunflower was growing around the old (1810) farmhouse when we moved in. It is very reliable and very cheerful. Sometimes it survives as a cut flower, but it is chancy. It fights it out with mint every summer and the battle seems to be a draw. It could become invasive, but the roots are close to the surface of the ground and pull out easily. It's hard to see how anyone would want to get rid of it!

I'm not sure I have it in the right place, though, so if someone sees my photo and can tell me where else it might belong, I'll be most grateful.

Mother Raphaela
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Sep 10, 2014 4:40 AM CST
Perennial sunflower types of plants can be very difficult to ID, Mother Raphaela, but to me this one doesn't appear to be maximiliani. Leaves of Helianthus maximiliani are very long and slender, and individual flower stems are typically too short for cutting use. One of the many varieties of Heliopsis helianthoides might fit your plant, but it'll take a much closer study to determine if it is.
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Sep 10, 2014 6:36 PM CST
Do you need some closeups of stems & leaves etc. to identify it? I'll go out with the camera tomorrow....

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