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Common sunflower (Helianthus annuus) This large and lovely sunflower was planted in my garden by my furry little friend, the chipmunk. We fill the bird feeders with black oil sunflower seeds and the critters do the rest! Once this huge flower head is ready to be cut off of it's 5 foot tall stalk, we lay it out to dry and it's ready to feed the birds and chipmunks again....nature's wonderful cycle! Common sunflower,Geotagged,Helianthus annuus,United States Click/tap to enlarge

Common sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

This large and lovely sunflower was planted in my garden by my furry little friend, the chipmunk. We fill the bird feeders with black oil sunflower seeds and the critters do the rest! Once this huge flower head is ready to be cut off of it's 5 foot tall stalk, we lay it out to dry and it's ready to feed the birds and chipmunks again....nature's wonderful cycle!

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''Helianthus annuus'', the common sunflower, is a large annual forb of the genus ''Helianthus'' grown as a crop for its edible oil and edible fruits. This sunflower species is also used as wild bird food, as livestock forage , in some industrial applications, and as an ornamental in domestic gardens. The plant was first domesticated in the Americas. Wild ''Helianthus annuus'' is a widely branched annual plant with many flower heads. The domestic sunflower, however, often possesses only a single.. more

Similar species: Asterales
Species identified by Deb Cappello
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By Deb Cappello

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Uploaded Dec 13, 2014. Captured Aug 20, 2009 16:13 in 131-133 U.S. 6, Kane, PA 16735, USA.
  • Canon PowerShot A1000 IS
  • f/5.6
  • 1/251s
  • ISO80
  • 24.8mm