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Plantidote of the Day 2011-06-20

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sunflower

Helianthus

Sunflower

Summer Solstice Week begins with the quintessential summer flower, courtesy of Correntian Eureka Springs (who gets a sunflower-sized hat tip for contributing). It's hard for me to imagine summer without sunflowers. They are so easy to grow, and so wonderful to look at, like instant happiness! Not many things you can say that about these days.

No matter where you live, there's a sunflower variety suited to the climate. Plus, you can choose annuals or perennials, single- or double-flowering, funny little dwarf versions and even non-yellow flower colors.

One of the best things about sunflowers is that they provide lots of seeds for birds, squirrels and other critters to eat. Of course, people can eat them, too -- they're delicious roasted. Don't eat them all, though -- save some to start next summer's garden!

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Submitted by Eureka Springs on

didn't take this photo because of the 'imperfection' where an insect took a few bites out of the top petal. Then I realized if I were a bug with such a short life.. that petal must be a perfect meal.

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Submitted by jjmtacoma on

I think I need some of those - we haven't seen much sun this spring.

Submitted by lambert on

In another couple of months, assuming whatever's eating my leaves doesn't kill them, my sunflowers will be as big as yours.