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July 2014 Plant of the Month - Sunflower

The Sunflower is July 2014 Plant of the Month. The Sunflower reminds us of summer days and happy times.

Sunflowers are easy to grow as they grow rapidly and can easily reach a height of 6 feet in just three months’ time.  Sunflowers grow best in a sunny location, and once they get started, they are drought tolerant.  A distinguishing feature of the Sunflower is the flower head tracks the movement of the sun.

Sunflowers are an important agricultural crop worldwide.  A single flower can produce up to 2,000 seeds which are used for making cooking oil, medicine, paint, animal feed, biodiesel as well as a popular snack.

You can see these delightful garden beauties at SFO at the entrance to employee Lot C.