Helianthus salicifolius 'First Light'

Common name: Sunflower

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USPP# 13150


Hundreds of golden-yellow flowers with dark brown eyes form in midAutumn on upright, self-supporting plants. Narrow elongated foliage. Stunning blast of color for Autumn gardens. Plant height is more manageable than other Sunflowers. Birds enjoy the seeds. Better Homes and Gardens magazine proclaimed ‘First Light’ the surprise star of the Autumn season in their test garden. Comes to Must Have Perennials from breeder Dr. Keith Hammett of New Zealand


Better Homes and Gardens test garden star of autumn

Uses & Attributes

Back border, Specimen, ,Cut flower, Attracts butterflies and bees

Growing & Marketing Advice

Prefers average well-drained soils. Grows best with added moisture but can tolerate drought.


  • Height: 48"/122cm
  • Spread: 48"/122cm
  • Habit: Upright



  • Blooming time: Autumn
  • Flower color: Yellow
  • Foliage color: Green