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

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Helianthus hybrid

Well, the Jerusalem artichoke is finally opening some blooms at about 10 feet tall (tall stalks on the right in first picture). The F1 hybrid (Jerusalem artichoke X 'Red Sun' sunflower) is still blooming like crazy at about 7 feet (mass of blooms to the left). The second picture shows the hybrid in closer detail. It was especially pretty this morning against the brilliant blue of the sky.


  1. These hybrids have value as an ornamental perennial, no?

  2. Hi Heliotrope42, I sure enjoy them as an ornamental perennial!
    I'm also wondering if the extreme infertility might give the flowers a little longer vase life. I'll have to test that.