Soaring Sunflowers

Sawtooth sunflowers at Nature Boardwalk have grown over 5 feet tall in as many months! These plants started out as tiny plugs back in the spring, and now I’ve seen sawtooth sunflowers around the pond that are taller than me (5’4”)!

Some of the tallest of these plants were knocked over due to the high winds we’ve been having in these last few weeks. However, this sort of thing is natural. These are herbaceous perennials, meaning they will die back in the fall and winter, but their roots will survive beneath ground.

From their living roots, the plant will grow back in the spring. I look forward to seeing this plant’s bright yellow flowers once again after the winter has passed and the weather warms up.

Vicky Hunt

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