The Helianthus annuus, or Annual Sunflower, loves to grow in disturbed soil, so you often see it in newly dug up land or on the side of the road. If you drive around New Mexico in August or September you are bound to see many of these wild sunflowers.
Learn more about this cheerful plant!
Interested in other plants of the Southwest? Make sure to visit our friends at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden and check out Healing Herbs of the Upper Rio Grande by Leonora Curtin, available in our museum gift shop.