The sunflowers are beautiful this year. Maybe they are always this pretty, but I forget from year to year. I noticed on the route today there are two distinctive types blooming right now.
This is the common sunflower. It is the Kansas State flower for a reason--it is all over the place. Archaeologists believe that Native Americans may have cultivated sunflowers as early as 3000 B.C.
This is the Woodland sunflower. According to Jim Mason this variety is an preannual whereas the common sunflower is an annual. There are as many as 11 species of sunflower in Kansas. It might be fun to try to find an example of each type.