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SOLVED: how TALL is this sunflower do You think???

Sharpsville, PA(Zone 5a)

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!!!

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Florence, AL(Zone 7a)

I've heard tell that the one called Paul Bunyan will reach 14 feet.

Biloxi, MS(Zone 8b)

Mimi,
That is one tall plant.

Antrim, Northern Ire, United Kingdom(Zone 8b)

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.

Mark

Sharpsville, PA(Zone 5a)

wow! thanks for the info!!!

Spicewood, TX(Zone 8b)

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!!

Sharpsville, PA(Zone 5a)

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!

Helsinki, Finland(Zone 4b)

That's so neat! What a pity that they didn't save any seeds.. Or did they? :)

Antrim, Northern Ire, United Kingdom(Zone 8b)

the seeds I mentioned are available from Chilterns seeds.

Mark

Sharpsville, PA(Zone 5a)

never heard of them....could I have a tad more detail? thanks! Am VERY interested in trying. have a good day

Spicewood, TX(Zone 8b)

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?

Sharpsville, PA(Zone 5a)

thanks for all your effort you& everyone went through! Appreciate it. :)

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