In late summer we look forward to one of the last wildflowers to bloom here in northeast Kansas, the wild sunflower.
There are several different varieties of wild sunflowers growing in the roadside ditches, in fence-rows, or in grassy fields.
This one is called the Common Sunflower.
The Common Sunflower is native to North America, and was cultivated by native Americans over a 1000 years ago.
The large-headed cultivated sunflowers you see today were derived from this wildflower.
It’s not been a good year for wildflowers with the drought and heat, but sunflowers laugh in the face of dry weather and bloom anyway.
Their cheerfulness is an especially bright spot in this long summer.