Sunflower Family (Asteraceae : Simsia)
Latin Name: Simsia calva
Value: Wildlife – good
Livestock – good
Plants range from 1.5-3 feet tall with multiple branches and a large woody taproot. The leaves have an arrowhead appearance with jagged edges. Bush sunflower is highly palatable to several classes of livestock and wildlife. Sheep and goats benefit from its high protein and digestibility. If grows best in full sun and well-drained soils such as sands and clay loams. Bush sunflower does not do well on deep sands, heavy clays, or wet bottomlands; and does not tolerate salinity.