One of the many sunflower species that blooms during the summer months. Woodland sunflower is found along wood margins of mostly dry sites in partial to full sun. Good wildlife forage, various birds eat the seeds as do many small mammals. Blooms from June to August. Places to see are the Skyline Trail on Chimney Rock Mountain, Rumbling Bald Mountain, and roadsides throughout Hickory Nut Gorge.
Helianthus divaricatus, commonly known as the woodland sunflower or rough woodland sunflower, is a perennial herb in the composite family. It is native to eastern North America, from Ontario and Quebec in the north, south to Florida and west to Oklahoma and Iowa.