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Helianthus annuus, Sunflower

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 Helianthus annuus
Family: Asteraceae / Compositae
Sunflower
Origin: Central America
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunRegular waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time
 Helianthus annuus, Sunflower

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Helianthus annuus, Sunflower

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Helianthus annuus 'Teddy Bear'
Helianthus annuus, Sunflower

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Helianthus annuus 'Black Magic'
Helianthus annuus, Sunflower

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Helianthus annuus 'Dwarf'
Helianthus annuus, Sunflower

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Helianthus annuus, Sunflower

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Helianthus debilis , Beach Sunflower, Dune Sunflower

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Family: Asteraceae / Compositae
Beach Sunflower, Dune Sunflower
Origin: North America
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

It is an excellent salt-tolerant groundcover with very nice flowers that provides pollinating sources for some insects. Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping.


 Helianthus debilis , Beach Sunflower, Dune Sunflower

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Helianthus debilis , Beach Sunflower, Dune Sunflower

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Helianthus debilis , Beach Sunflower, Dune Sunflower

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Helianthus debilis , Beach Sunflower, Dune Sunflower

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Helianthus debilis , Beach Sunflower, Dune Sunflower

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Tithonia diversifolia, Sunflower Tree, Tree Marigold, Wild Sunflower 

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Family: Asteraceae / Compositae
Sunflower Tree, Tree Marigold, Wild Sunflower
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Fast growing big shrub or tree with sunflower-like flowers. Very showy and easy to grow. Good choice when you need to hide an ugly wall or fence or make privacy in a short time period. Cold hardy to at least zone 9.


 Tithonia diversifolia, Sunflower Tree, Tree Marigold, Wild Sunflower 

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Tithonia diversifolia, Sunflower Tree, Tree Marigold, Wild Sunflower 

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Tithonia diversifolia, Sunflower Tree, Tree Marigold, Wild Sunflower 

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Wild Sunflower Field in Thailand
Tithonia diversifolia, Sunflower Tree, Tree Marigold, Wild Sunflower 

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Wild Sunflower Field in Thailand
Tithonia diversifolia, Sunflower Tree, Tree Marigold, Wild Sunflower 

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Sunflower Tree, Tree Marigold. Fast growing big shrub or tree with sunflower-like flowers. Very showy and easy to grow. Good choice when you need to hide an ugly wall or fence or make privacy in a short time period. Cold hardy to at least zone 9.
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RECOMMENDED SUPPLIES:
Seed Germination Mix #3, professional grade
SUNSHINE-Epi - Seeds and cuttings booster
SUNSHINE Bombino - Young Plant Booster
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Tithonia diversifolia - Sunflower tree

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Sunflower tree, tree marigold - very fast growing shrub or small tree with marigold-like flowers 2-3" size.
RECOMMENDED FERTILIZER:
SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
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Carthamus tinctorius, Safflower, Carthamine, Sallflower, Beni, Chimichanga

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Family: Asteraceae / Compositae
Safflower, Carthamine, Sallflower, Beni, Chimichanga
Origin: India to China
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunRegular waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Spice or herbAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Safflower is a highly branched, herbaceous, thistle-like annual plant. It is commercially cultivated for vegetable oil extracted from the seeds. Plants are 12 to 59 in tall with globular flower heads having yellow, orange, or red flowers. Each branch will usually have from one to five flower heads containing 15 to 20 seeds per head. Safflower is native to arid environments having seasonal rain. It grows a deep taproot which enables it to thrive in such environments.

Safflower is one of humanity's oldest crops. Chemical analysis of ancient Egyptian textiles dated to the Twelfth Dynasty identified dyes made from safflower, and garlands made from safflowers were found in the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun.

Safflower was also known as carthamine in the nineteenth century.

It is a minor crop today, with about 600,000 tons being produced commercially in more than sixty countries worldwide. India, United States, and Mexico are the leading producers, with Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, China, the Arab World, Argentina, Tanzania (Kibaigwa, Kongwa District) and Australia accounting for most of the remainder.

Traditionally, the crop was grown for its seeds, and used for coloring and flavoring foods, in medicines, and making red (carthamin) and yellow dyes, especially before cheaper aniline dyes became available. For the last fifty years or so, the plant has been cultivated mainly for the vegetable oil extracted from its seeds.

Safflower seed oil is flavorless and colorless, and nutritionally similar to sunflower oil. It is used mainly in cosmetics and as a cooking oil, in salad dressing, and for the production of margarine. It may also be taken as a nutritional supplement.

In dietary use, high-linoleic safflower oil has also been shown to increase adiponectin, a protein that helps regulate blood glucose levels and fatty-acid breakdown.

In culinary use, safflower oil compares favorably with other vegetable oils with its high smoke point.

Ancient Egyptians found the flower pleasing to the eye and included it in garlands placed on mummies. Dried safflower flowers are used in traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate pain, increase circulation, and reduce bruising.


  


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Smallanthus sonchifolius, Polymnia sonchifolia, Bolivian Sunroot, Yacon, Pear of the Earth

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Family: Asteraceae / Compositae
Bolivian Sunroot, Yacon, Pear of the Earth
Origin: Andes from Colombia to Northern Argentina
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunRegular waterYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.EdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Yacon is one of the most extraordinary plants of the Andes. This spectacular plant is related to the sunflower & grows very similarly. It is also called "Pear of the Earth" because it's tubers are a delicious flavor that resembles a blend of watermelon, apple, and pear. It is very juicy and crisp and can be eaten raw or cooked. Highly recommended, fun to grow for a fall harvest.

Yacon is an unusual vegetable eaten for over 1,500 years in the Andes mountains, but virtually unknown elsewhere. This delicious root is surprisingly sweet, and is also very juicy and crisp. It's sort of like eating a water chestnut that is almost as sweet as an apple or melon. Yacon contains a low-calorie sugar substitute that makes it perfect for weight loss plans or low-sugar diets. The plants are high-yielding and easy to grow. You're not likely to find this rare veggie in markets, but now you can grow your own supply at home!

The plant forms two kinds of roots: large storage tubers (the parts that are eaten), and central "eyes", from which the plant may be propagated. Yacon grows about 4 to 6 feet tall, with oversized, fuzzy leaves that are triangular in shape. It's an attractive, exotic-looking plant that is worth growing just for the foliage! When the leaves die back in late fall or winter, the tubers are ready for harvesting. They average 5 to 10 ounces each, and are about 90% water, which gives them their juiciness. Some people prefer eating them fresh, by simply peeling them and eating them like an apple. You may also bake them or add them to soups or salads.

Yacon comes from a mild climate, with nights that are cool. It prefers partly sunny conditions, with protection from strong afternoon sun. It likes rich, well-draining soil that's kept consistently moist.

Yacon is an ideal food for people who suffer from diabetes and those who want to lose weight. They are known to be rich in dietary fiber and low in calories. Yacon tubers and leaves have high levels of fructo-oligosaccharide which is a type of sugar that cannot be recognized by the digestive system making them low in calories as a result. Fructo-oligosaccharide can aid in digestion and feeds beneficial bacteria in the gut which can play an important role in lowering the risk of diabetes. The bacteria produce short-chain fatty acids that have powerful anti-obesity effects when digested. Yacon contains a type of polyphenol called chlorogenic acid which has a strong antioxidant effect that is more than that of even red wine. Yacon tubers are rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium which can help people who suffer from high-blood pressure.

The Yacon tubers can be enjoyed raw or cooked, leaves can be used to make an herb tea that is used as a medicine and Yacon syrup can be used as a substitution for sugar in baked goods. Because Yacon tubers are sweet, juicy and crisp, they are perfect for use in salads. In addition, they can be grilled, fried, baked, sauteed and marinated. Use in curry, stir-fries, soups, fried dishes and juices. Choose ones that are slim without scratches on the surface and avoid those with shriveled cuts. For storing, wrap them in a newspaper and store in a cool dark place for up to ten days.

In addition to a food source, Yacon have Yacon used as a medicine by many cultures for hundreds years. Big Yacon leaves are used to wrap food during cooking in South America. The name, Yacon means "watery root" in Spanish.


 Smallanthus sonchifolius, Polymnia sonchifolia, Bolivian Sunroot, Yacon, Pear of the Earth

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Smallanthus sonchifolius, Polymnia sonchifolia, Bolivian Sunroot, Yacon, Pear of the Earth

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Smallanthus sonchifolius, Polymnia sonchifolia, Bolivian Sunroot, Yacon, Pear of the Earth

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Smallanthus sonchifolius, Polymnia sonchifolia, Bolivian Sunroot, Yacon, Pear of the Earth

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Smallanthus sonchifolius, Polymnia sonchifolia, Bolivian Sunroot, Yacon, Pear of the Earth

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