What is going on with the asters and sunflowers this year? It’s really too early for them to be blooming. First there was Ionactis linariifolius, then the Solidago species, and now this.
I’ve been visiting this same spot near Carderock for five years now. The earliest I’ve ever seen woodland sunflower (Helianthus divaricatus) blooming was late July.
Of the seven or so Helianthus species found in the Maryland piedmont, this is the only one with sessile, entire, opposite leaves, making identification pretty easy.