... growing and hybridizing all kinds of plants in zone 6b Maryland since the 1980's.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Long bloom season, perennial sunflower

On the left is my tuberosus x annuus perennial sunflower seedling [Jerusalem Artichoke x 'Red Sun' sunflower]. It's been blooming since late June. See post on July 7th. On the right is its seed parent - Jerusalem Artichoke - still not even showing any flower buds yet. I was hoping I'd get red petals in the seedling, but I won't complain about this long season of bloom!
I've also noticed that this year it's making quite a few fasciated flower heads - another sign of its annuus ancestry. Two are pictured close up below.

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