The woodland sunflower is native to woodlands, savannah or rocky bluffs from Maine and Ontario to Manitoba, south to Florida, Louisiana and Nebraska. They tolerate sun, part shade, shade and dry. How wonderful for my sandy conditions.
The leaves are rough on the upper surface, lanceolate or ovate-lanceolate in shape, tapering to a long point 3 to 8 inches long and 1/4 to 1/2" wide. They can be divided in spring or autumn and attract birds to the garden. They make a wonderful addition to a dry shady area and look nice with Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan) and Aster divaricatus (White Wood Aster).