Jun. 24, 2020
beach sunflower, Helianthus debilis
This is Helianthus debilis, var. vestitus. This variety only or near appears on Florida beaches, where it is well adapted to the sandy conditions. It may have upright stems, or it may spawl along the dunes in spots with unstable ground. Patches of them in the dunes will catch your eye, like this one did at Captiva. Lee CO FL, 1/24/13. Aster family, Asteraceae.