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Beach Sunflower   Helianthus debilis

The Beach Sunflower, sometimes called the Cucumberleaf Sunflower, is found in coastal areas throughout Florida and along the coasts to Texas and the Carolinas.  It is a spreading perennial that has small sunflower-like flower heads 2 to 3 inches in diameter.  The flowers have 10-20 yellow rays that encircle a purplish-brown disk.  The dark green leaves are heart-shaped and 2-4 inches long.

There are 30 species of sunflowers found throughout North America.  In Florida, there are 14 distinct species of which the Beach Sunflower is one of the more common.

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