Coarse, sturdy plants with bold blooms. Includes sunflower. Most are prime subjects for cut flowers. Plants are tough and widely adapted. Perennial kinds spread rapidly, may become invasive. Tall kinds are not for tidy gardens; may need staking. All bloom in summer and fall.
The wild ancestor of today’s familiar sunflowers is a coarse, hairy plant with 2–3-in.-wide flowers, native to much of the central United States and southward to Central America. It is the state flower of Kansas and the only plant native to the lower 48 states to have become an important agricultural commodity. It has been bred to produce giant plants as well as a host of smaller (but still significant) varieties for garden decoration and cut flowers. Most sunflowers used in gardens are 3 to 7 ft. tall.
Native to Texas. To 6–18 in. high, 10–12 in.wide,with erect, leafy stems more or less cove...
California native. To 1 1/2 ft. tall. Deep pink to lavender flowers with three-lobed, fan-shaped petal...
These onion relatives are not known in the wild. Seed stores and some mail-order seed houses sell dise...