Sunflowers of Lopburi
Every year from November to February Thailand has a Sunflower festival of sorts. All the way from Mae Hong Son in the north to south of Bangkok these big headed beauties raise their heads. Off the tourist trail near Lopburi, not far from Bangkok, is the most most famous area for Helianthus annuus. Since Sunflowers can grow in dry conditions farmers often plant their fields with them instead of corn. It is believed that Sunflowers were first domesticated in what is now the Southeastern US, roughly 5000 years ago, there is now evidence that it may have been first domesticated in Mexico as far back as 2600 BC.One thing for sure, they aren’t just in Kansas anymore.
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