Get to know an endangered plant – Whorled Sunflower

68486_orig Whorled Sunflower (Helianthus verticillatus)

Status: Endangered Wherever Found

The Whorled The most interesting thing about this wild sunflower is that it was thought to be extinct for about 100 years until it was rediscovered in 1994 by Jim Allison and Richard Ware. It is found in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee. It grows in pastures and along roadsides, it prefers moist, alkaline prairie settings, but has also thrived in dry acidic soils. This lovely little flowers can grow on socks that can reach up to 10 feet tall (!!!!) and bloom from September to November. A moist prairie plant, it has dwindled due to fire-suppression and agriculture. whorled-sunflower-info Learn how to make a Whorled Sunflower out of paper here It’s my hope that with these tutorials I can teach you how to make paper flowers, and share these imperiled flowers before they are gone forever. whorled-sunflower-info2

Find out more where I did!

ecos.fws.gov/

plantdelights.com

scientificamerican.com map 12412_orig

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