Wild native sunflower named
state flower in 1903
By Kerma Crouse
In 1903 the Kansas State Legislature passed legislation declaring the Helianthus, or wild native sunflower, to be the floral emblem of the State of Kansas.
Helianthus is one of about 70 varieties of sunflower. Some have been bred to be the seeds we eat at ball games; others to produce the oils we use in cooking.
However, most sunflower varieties just live wild in fields, forests, ditches and roadsides all over North America. Only three of the more than 70 varieties are present in South America.
With plenty of summer rains, the Kansas State Flower can be found blooming profusely in many places along Jewell County roadsides this season.
free trip to Salina senior fair
Solomon Valley Transportation will be offering an upcoming trip to the senior fair in Salina on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
This courtesy service will be provided on a first come first served basis to the first 12 passengers who call. For those interested in attending the senior fair, the departure schedule will be based on passengers served from first call first served processing. Contact Solomon Valley Transportation at 785-534-2395 to register.
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