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Fall in New Mexico – Sunflowers!

The fall season shows itself in many ways here in the Land of Enchantment. Mexican Sunflower Sunflowers are one of my favorite sights in late summer and through the fall months until the first freeze. Wild sunflowers line the rural and city roads, and pop up under bird feeders and in empty lots.

We have several kinds of Sunflowers in out yard at our Albuquerque bed and breakfast. I prefer the daintier, small flower varieties rather than the large and heavy nodding head varieties that are heavy on the seed. Wild Sunflower in New MexicoOne of my favorites is the orange colored Mexican Sunflower, (Tithonia rotundiflora) which is actually a member of the aster family, although it really looks like a sunflower.

The next sunflower I picture here is the common wild sunflower variety that grows in our yard and all over the city and state in vast fields, along the roads and in empty lots in the city. It is an annual sunflower that is spread by seed only, (Helianthus annus).Bee on Maximillian Sunflower

A more planned perennial variety I planted in our yard is also found all over our neighborhood in the North Valley is the Maximillian Sunflower, (Helianthus maximiliani), which once established, will grow with reckless abandon as seen here on this lane near our house. The up close shot is one of my bees is gathering pollen from the Maximillians. The don’t even start to bloom until late September, and the flowers lay on the entire stem from top to bottom. Very showy!

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Maximillian Sunflowes along a lane




4 Responses to “Fall in New Mexico – Sunflowers!”

  1. Judith says:

    What would be the best way to get wild NM
    fall sunflowers into our yard?

    Dig them up along the road and transplant?

    Wait til they have full seeds in their heads
    , get those and put them in the ground this Fall?


    • adobenido says:

      I don’t know, Judith, but digging up flowers on someone’s property seems like a pretty bad idea. Why not just put put a bird feeder and throw in some sunflower seeds for the birds. That’s what we do. They are quite messy and spread seeds well. There is noting special about NM Sunflowers. Same sunflowers as grow elsewhere.

  2. Just came back from my first, but not last, trip to NM. So that’s what you can get with a little warmth and sunshine! Soon as I knock the moss off my Oregon sunflowers I expect the same kind of show. Cheers.

  3. So pretty! You’re right; the fall sunflowers are a beautiful aspect of New Mexico. I don’t think too many folks think of sunflowers as anything but the big yellow heads full of seeds; thanks so much for sharing!

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