A friend and I stopped on the road to Warner Springs yesterday at an old stage coach stop and I saw these wild sunflowers. These grow all around the Coachella Valley and up in our local mountains. I have stopped a few times to pull off the seeds and planted them in my yard, but I've only had 1 plant actually grow. So, I guess I'll continue to admire them in their natural habitat! They are smaller than commercially grown sunflowers, like the mammoth, and have many flowers on a stem. There are some growing right now down by my school and I may investigate them further! Today's Flowers for August 8, 2010.