WILDFLOWER of the YEAR: SUNFLOWER
Sunflowers are a symbol of hope, resilience and sunny days ahead
In a time filled with so much uncertainty, the steady, cyclical shifts of nature and our gardens provide much needed reassurance and grounding. Sunflowers are often a highlight. Especially now, their dependable resilience and beauty stand out amid a changing world. This sentiment, shared by much of the staff at the Center, led to the sunflower being named our 2021 Wildflower of the Year.
Why We Love Them
Learn more about gardening with native sunflowers, why we hold them dear, and the inspiration behind their being named our 2021 Wildflower of the Year.
Native Sunflower Species
There are more than 80 Helianthus species native to North America. Browse them on our database, where you can sort by state, bloom time, height and more.
Sunflower Squad Goals
There really is strength in numbers. Sunflowers often team up for resiliency and survival. Read this Wildflower magazine feature celebrating the power of flowers working together.
Know Your Sunflowers
Join us Saturday, July 17, for an in-depth look at different types of sunflowers in this class taught by Center Conservation Botanist Minnette Marr.
Greatest Garden Hits
A roundup of garden favorites for humans and wildlife, plus a nod to the joy of nonallergenic nut butters.
Worth Looking Up To
Flowers have much to teach us. As this personal essay attests, the sunny faces and lofty heights of Helianthus annuus can even act as much-needed role models.