De­scrip­tion

American Survival Guide - - PROD­UCTS -

You’ve no doubt seen flow­ers in fields many times and thought, “Hey, those are sun­flow­ers.” Maybe they were, maybe they weren’t. Af­ter all, the sun­flower fam­ily is one of the largest botan­i­cal fam­i­lies. If what you saw was tall and looked very much like the sun­flower plants that we grow in our gar­dens—but per­haps just a bit smaller—you’ve likely en­coun­tered an ac­tual wild sun­flower plant.

The sun­flower plant can grow up to 8 feet tall. Its erect stem is usu­ally un­branched (but it can some­times be branched). It’s cov­ered in stiff hairs. The leaves are al­ter­nately ar­ranged and are gen­er­ally tri­an­gu­lar in shape (they’re more or less heart-shaped and nar­row to a tip). The leaves are also cov­ered in stiff hairs.

It’s the flower that’s uni­ver­sally rec­og­nized. The flower heads are around 6 inches across, with yel­low ray flow­ers (“petals”). The flow­ers of the cen­tral disk have no showy petals and are brown. The fruits are sin­gle-seeded, dry and flat.

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