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Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Paleleaf Woodland Sunflower (Rough-Leaved Sunflower) (Helianthus strumosus): Images

Date Location Notes Images
August 27, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire Below is a list of the other sunflowers found in New Hampshire and why they are not the plant pictured:
  • Common Sunflower (Helianthus annus): Purple flower disk.
  • Cucumberleaf Sunflower (Helianthus debilis): Purple flower disk. Oval leaves with long petiole (leaf stem).
  • Woodland Sunflower (Helianthus divaricatus): Sessile (no leaf stem) or rarely a leaf stem up to 0.5 cm.
  • Sawtooth Sunflower (Helianthus grosseserratus): Long leaves (10-20 cm) that are more than 3 times long as wide. Lower leave surface green (not pale-green).
  • Cheerful Sunflower (Helianthus x laetiflorus): Bracket leaves below flower broad, firm and appressed. Very long petiole (up to 5 cm).
  • Stiff Sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus): Red/Purple flower disk.
  • Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus): Leaves very large (10-25 cm long and 4-12 cm wide), spreading-hairy stem.
  • Thinleaf Sunflower (Helianthus decapetalus): Green bract leaves are conspicuously ciliate (hairy margins). Significant serrated teeth on leaf margins. leaves.

Paleleaf Woodland Sunflower grows 36-72 inches tall. It has yellow flowers with 8-15 petals (1.5-4 cm long) and the central part of the flower is made up of numerous tiny flowers each with five petals. Flowers are 5-9 cm wide and the central disk is 1.2-2.5 cm wide. The leaves are opposite (but uppermost leaves can be alternate), have 0.5-3 cm petioles, broadly lanceolate or ovate, serrated margin teeth, 8-20 cm long by 2.5-10 cm wide, thin, scabrous (rough to touch) or hispid (short stiff hairs) on upper side and moderately short-hairy and pale green below and leaf comes to a sharp point (accuminate). Leaf base abruptly contracted and decurrent (extends downwards to the petiole. Green bract leaves are conspicuously ciliate, having long hairs on the margins.