July 24, 2017

Burning Bright

Michele Prentice Dwyer Photo | Orange Hobbit sunflower

Michele Prentice Dwyer Photo | Orange Hobbit sunflower

“It has a rough, hairy stem, broad, coarsely toothed, rough leaves and circular heads of flowers. The heads consist of many individual flowers which mature into seeds, often in the hundreds, on a receptacle base.” After reading this from its Wikipedia page, one might not expect the plant in question to be the glowing sunflower, Helianthus annuus. Pictured is Orange Hobbit, a sunflower from SunflowerSelections.com. Described as a dwarf variety, Orange Hobbit can grow a couple of feet or so in height. In question is the color: Does it look orange? We’re inclined to say it’s gold, but not quite orange. And with that chocolately brown center, does it even matter?

Submitted by Michele Prentice Dwyer.