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Helianthus annuus

 
Helianthus annuus

sunflower

Common name sunflower
Family asteraceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers yellow (summer)
Size 6' and taller
Light sun
From seed self-seeds in our garden. germinate warm.

The common sunflower. For all its ubiquity and overuse in country-style decorations, it remains a cool and intriguing plant. We don't remember to start them every year, but usually a few appear anyway, seeded either from the previous year's batch or from birdfood gone astray. Usually we wind up with the common varieties, such as giant Russian, although we've tried a few others through the years.

Helianthus annuus
February - the stalk that once towered high above the rest of the garden is
losing its battle with gravity, its stark flowerhead bearing little resemblance to its
radiant summer face
sunflower Lemon Queen
Same scene, next day
Helianthus annuus
'Lemon Queen'

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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