This is one of our great natives (NY to TX) that has been hopelessly mixed up in the nursery trade. Virtually everything sold as H. salicifolius is in fact Helianthus angustifolius. Confusing these is about like mistaking Tiger Woods for Shaquille O'Neal...inexcusable! The real Helianthus salicifolius makes a stunning, airy vertical accent in the garden. The upright, narrow green stems are adorned with narrow, lacy green foliage. The wispy appearing but large sturdy clumps are topped in late summer and early fall with bright yellow 2" flowers...a stunning plant, even without flowers.