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Common Name: Wild Sunflower
Helianthus lenticularis is an annual plant that can grow up to 3.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
N. America - Minnesota to North Dakota, Idaho, Missouri, Texas and California.
Roadsides and waste places[
] in rich soils[
Succeeds in most soils in a sunny position[
]. Requires a rich soil[
]. Dislikes shade[
The young growth is extremely attractive to slugs, plants can be totally destroyed by them[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[
Probably no more than the wild form of the cultivated sunflower, H. annuus, it is treated as a sub-species of that by many botanists[
Seed - raw or cooked[
]. The seed can be dried and ground into a powder then used with cereal flowers in making breads, cakes and rich soups[
An edible oil is obtained from the seed[
The roasted shells, after the starch has been removed, or the roasted seeds, can be used in preparing a coffee-like beverage[
Seed - sow in mid spring in situ. An earlier start can be made by sowing 2 - 3 seeds per pot in a greenhouse in early spring. Use a fairly rich compost. Thin to the strongest seedling, give them an occasional liquid feed to make sure they do not become nutrient deficient and plant them out in late spring or early summer.