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Sunflowers are striking fall flowers

by webdev

October 21, 2011

One of the most familiar and striking autumn flowers is the sunflower, but many may not know that it comes in a number of varieties.

A resident of Alabama wrote in to The Birmingham News that she has seen a striking yellow flower growing but did not know what it was. Harvey Cotten of the Huntsville Botanical Garden reported that it was a swamp sunflower, a type of fall-blooming perennial. Also commonly called a narrow-leaf sunflower, it is a hardy bloom that continues to shine even when the other flowering plants of the season have died out.

Blooming right until a hard frost "stops it in its tracks," Cotten reports that the golden flowers cover the shrubs, which can grow up to 6 feet tall. They are related to aster flowers and close cousins to the traditional sunflower.

While they look gorgeous in an outdoor garden, they also look great inside in a sunflower bouquet or an arrangement of fall flowers. Pair the bloom with aster flowers or chrysanthemums, or send sunflowers online to someone who can't grow them.

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