Thursday, June 25, 2009

Native perennial Sunflower

On June 3, I found this native sunflower in the foothills about ten minutes from home that had just barely started to bloom. I was looking for penstemons in that area a couple of days before the Penstemon Festival. I found Penstemon watsoni in this same area.
June 23. very impressive floral display. I hope to get seeds from this and have it growing at my nursery a year from now. This plant looks good from the time the snow melts and the new growth appears to full flower. I don't know how it will act with some dead heading, but I will be finding it out and report it at a later time.

Close up June 23, 2009. This is a very impressive plant. It may look better this year than other years because of the good spring snow and rain that we have had. Elevation is around 6,000 feet.

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