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12 September 2006

Sunflowers: Wild Versus Cultivated

Emily Green wrote very poetically about sunflowers recently. She notes how stunning the wild sunflowers are on the drive down the 110 past Dodger Stadium.

Commercially cultivated sunflowers are usually large with a single-head and very thick stems. But the freeway flowers "are smaller, elegantly branched, with each of those limbs producing radiant blooms clear through autumn without so much as a spritz from a hose."

Sunflowers are annuals but commercial sunflowers can outgrow a Laker in only one season of growth.

The sunflower photo here is by Micky
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