Kansas sunflowers begin to bloom

Chad Frey
The Kansan

Sunflower blooms are short — for those who want photos or to take walks in fields of sunflowers, they have  about two weeks each year.

Sunflower blooms are short — for those who want photos or to take walks in fields of sunflowers, they have  about two weeks each year.

The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas.

Depending on when planted  sunflowers could bloom any time from mid-August to early September. Newton Kansan photographer Michele Clark found two fields in bloom this week — one near Maize and the other near Clearwater.

Walters’ Pumpkin Patch. 10001 NW US Highway 77, Burns,  will host a  Sunflower Festival  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 21, 22, 28 and 29 . For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/walterspumpkinpatch

According to Kansas State Research and Extension, the sunflower is an annual flower that can be grown for the flowers or harvested for seeds used for oil or culinary purposes. The composite flowers have both ray (the showy "petals") or disk flowers (that mature into seeds). The rays may be bright yellow, gold, orange, rust or maroon.

Sunflower blooms are short — for those who want photos or to take walks in fields of sunflowers, they have  about two weeks each year.

The website kansasfarmfoodconnection.org lists four three fields open to the public in the region: 

Kansas Maze at Gaeddert Farms, 13209 E. 82nd Ave, Buhler  will host an annual Sunflower Festival Aug 21 to Sept 11. The patch will host  Sunflower painting classes from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 26  and Aug 29. For more information visit https://www.kansasmaze.com/

Walters’ Pumpkin Patch. 10001 NW US Highway 77, Burns , started as a hobby farm with small pumpkins and grew from there. They’ will host a  Sunflower Festival  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 21, 22, 28 and 29 . For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/walterspumpkinpatch

Klausmeyer Farm and Pumpkin Patch in Clearwater is a dairy farm that also  grows sorghum, corn, soybeans, wheat, sunflowers and pumpkins. Due to drought, the farm closed its sunflower patch Aug. 13. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/Klausmeyerpumpkinpatch/