Healianthus annuus, the common sunflower, was one of several plants cultivated by Native Americans in prehistoric North America as part of the Eastern Agricultural Complex. Although it was commonly accepted that the sunflower was first domesticated in what is now the southeastern US, roughly 5000 years ago, there is evidence that it was first domesticated in Mexico around 2600 BC. Pollinators love the blooms and birds can’t get enough of the seeds of this full sun loving, very tall, probably multibranched plants. These seeds are harvested from the Garden of Earthly Delights in Truth or Consequence, New Mexico where different varieties through butter yellow to brown/magenta have evolved. All are tall reaching heights of seven to nine feet in good conditions, and multibranched producing a lot of flower heads for the creatures or cut flowers. A quintessential southwest plant the seeds come packaged in a 2inch by 3 inch hand block printed manilla seed envelope.
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