When traveling abroad, it is easy to forget about the treasures in my state. Every Friday, I highlight places, events, and restaurants in my home state- Missouri.
Today is all about Sunflower Field in Saint Louis.
The sunflower field is a fascinating field of huge juicy sunflowers. Planting of the sunflowers is a yearly tradition that started in 2018. Some of the sunflowers stand over 6-feet tall. The planting period begins in May each year, and it takes about 60 days for flowering to occur. The area is about 4300 acres, and there are 14 fields planted throughout the area. Each July, the sunflowers bloom and create the most glorious view.
“Like a single sunbeam on a warm summer day, there is an exuberance and brilliance in a sunflower.” ~ Unknown Author
The field is located in North Country Spanish Lake at Columbia Bottom Conservation area. For optimum view, you usually have about ten days in July to see the sunflowers, but now, the plantings are staggered so that the 10-day sunflower blooms are spread out between July and August.
“I want to be like a sunflower; so that even on the darkest days, I will stand tall and find the sunlight.”
Address & Directions
The address is 801 Strodtman Road. The best way to get there is to take Highway 270 to Riverview and drive north for about 3 miles. Once you reach the conservation area, it is very easy to find, and you will start seeing signs with sunflowers, directing you in the direction of the field.
“Who knows what may lie around the next corner? There may be a window somewhere ahead. It may look out on a field of sunflowers.”
Sunflower Field is open 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset.
Tips For Visiting
Wear boots, the area is prone to rain so it can get muddy.
Do not pick the sunflowers.
Avoid parking in roadways, or blocking gates.
Parking is available on-site, directly in from of the field.
Practice social distancing.
There are bees- take precautions, if necessary.
“If roses tried to be sunflowers, they would lose their beauty, and if sunflowers tried to be roses, they would lose their strength.”
Sunflower Fun Facts
*Not all sunflowers are yellow. Some are red and even purple.
*Sunflowers can vary in height. Some can be 16 feet tall, while others only grow to about 2 feet.
*Young sunflowers track the sun- the face of a sunflower can follow the sun from sunrise to sunset. This cycle repeats until the sunflower is mature.
*Sunflower oil has an anti-inflammatory effect.
*Sunflowers are in the same plant family as daisies.
*Sunflowers are native to the United States but are now harvested all over the world.
*The head of a sunflower has a dark brown disk that is a combination of thousands of tiny flowers.
*The world’s tallest sunflower was over 30 feet.
*Sunflower seeds offer great nutrition for birds and wildlife, particularly doves in Missouri.
What are you waiting for? There are only a couple of weeks left to see the sunflowers before they are gone.
What natural beauties have you enjoyed in your state this summer?