Also known as Large Russian Sunflower, this old variety was introduced from Russia prior to 1870. In those days it was extensively planted for feeding poultry and horses. The large stalks were also used as fuel in areas that did not have many trees. According to the 1891 D. M. Ferry & Co. Seed catalogue, "This is much superior to the common sort, as it forms a single, large flower, and the seeds are larger and richer in oil." The large seeds are one of the best for snacking. Ht: 10’ or more.
Thekla McDaniels wrote:You could likely build a house with the dried stalks! Or, well, use them for the top of a shade structure for people or livestock, or a tripod trellis for beans or morning glories!
William Bronson wrote: This could sound horrible given the food value of them,but it occurs to me that the sunflower seeds could work in a pellet stove.
Like burning corn, but unlike corn, the sunflowers are not resource intensive, so maybe not such a horrible idea?