This perennial sunflower is named for Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied (near Koblenz), a noted German naturalist who encountered it on his travels in North America.
It grows widely in the prairie states and is a towering plant suited to large gardens or the back of a border.
The taller it becomes the more of its chocolate scented flowers develop until it becomes a dominant feature of any garden. A majestic, stately plant that loves hot, dryish soils.
Very attractive to bees and butterflies.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Poor, well drained