This is my grandfather(6foot3)and dad(23 months) have you ever seen one this tall? Dad is now almost 71 so, its an old photo. Wonder what kind of sunflower it is?? Look at the size of those leaves!!!
I've heard tell that the one called Paul Bunyan will reach 14 feet.
it could be the original helianthus giganteus before breeders got their hands on it and turned it into dozens of varieties.
there is one in my seed catalog called
Helianthus uniflorus giganteus which grows to 10 feet +. I assume by the name it means one flower like the one in the photo.
Oh, my gosh! I held a ruler up to your pic (the bigger one that showed up when I clicked on the one above) and guestimated that your grandpa's image was 2cms tall and the flower was FIVE cms tall!!! That translates to fifteen and a half feet!!! WOW!!!!! Wish I had some seeds of that sucker!!
You did the math!!!! Good job!!!. And did you notice there is one right behind him too. . that was probably more than likely taken at my great~ grandfathers farm....so, maybe they had a little help with something farmie in the soil? I still think its a cool picture and I wanted to share it ....Its a mighty big one thats for sure!
That's so neat! What a pity that they didn't save any seeds.. Or did they? :)
the seeds I mentioned are available from Chilterns seeds.
never heard of them....could I have a tad more detail? thanks! Am VERY interested in trying. have a good day
Here's Chiltern Seeds Garden Watchdog page: http://gardenwatchdog.com/c/221/ And here's the listing http://www.edirectory.co.uk/chilternseeds/pages/moreinfo.asp?Table=Product&RecordID=1510943 They only say it gets to 10 feet, but maybe with "something farmie" in the soil... ;-)
BTW, I checked my SSE yearbook (the 1999 one ~ the only one I can find right now) and they have a "Giant Size" listed: "very large flower, large yield of good to eat seeds, have had some grow to 15' tall, I've been growing for years." I couldn't afford to send in my member dues for this year. ;-( Maybe next year? Is anybody here a member? Can you check this year's yearbook to see if they're still there?
thanks for all your effort you& everyone went through! Appreciate it. :)