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Rotary Eco Gardens, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
October 10, 2010

Honeybee on Giant Sunflower

842 views, 28 “favourites” and 3 features as of 1/7/2012

From Wikipedia:

Helianthus giganteus (Giant Sunflower or Tall Sunflower), is a species of Helianthus native to the eastern United States and southeastern Canada, from Nova Scotia and Ontario west to Minnesota and south to Mississippi and Georgia.
It is a perennial herbaceous plant growing up to 4 m tall. The leaves are slender, lanceolate. The flower heads are bright yellow, up to 7 cm diameter. They are most commonly found in valleys with wet meadows or swamps.

The name “Giant” refers to the height of the plant. not the size of the flower.

And a few intersting medicinal facts on sunflowers in general, with thanks to

Medicinal Action and Uses

The seeds have diuretic and expectorant properties and have been employed with success in the treatment of bronchial, laryngeal and pulmonary affections, coughs and colds, also in whooping cough.

The following preparation is recommended: Boil 2 OZ. of the seeds in 1 quart of water, down to 12 OZ. and then strain. Add 6 OZ. of good Holland gin and 6 OZ. of sugar. Give in doses of 1 to 2 teaspoonsful, three or four times a day.

The oil possesses similar properties and may be given in doses of 10 to 15 drops or more, two or three times a day.

A tincture of the flowers and leaves has been recommended in combination with balsamics in the treatment of bronchiectasis.

The seeds, if browned in the oven and then made into an infusion are admirable for the relief of whooping cough.

Tincture of Helianthus has been used in Russia. Kazatchkoft says that in the Caucasus the inhabitants employ the Sunflower in malarial fever. The leaves are spread upon a bed covered with a cloth, moistened with warm milk and then the patient is wrapped up in it. Perspiration is produced and this process is repeated every day until the fever has ceased.

A tincture prepared from the seed with rectified spirit of wine is useful for intermittent fevers and ague, instead of quinine. It has been employed thus in Turkey and Persia, where quinine and arsenic have failed, being free from any of the inconveniences which often arise from giving large quantities of the other drugs.

The leaves are utilized in herb tobaccos.

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 4 years ago

    Ohhhh WOW! Brilliant capture Mike.

  • Many, many thanks, Don, and I greatly appreciate the “fave”, too! Cheers, my friend!

    – Mike Oxley

  • murals2go
    murals2goalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful! That dark background REALLY makes the yellow pop! Did you get stung? Lol! Birg

  • Thanks so very much, Birg, and thanks, too, for adding this to your “faves”. No danger of any attacks even though it was in the same area as the “Savage Canadian Snow Duck”! A cool October day and the poor bees were awfy dozy.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 4 years ago

    how beautiful is this!
    Wow Mike, this is stunning. The dark muted background and get that stock of grass. Wonderful image

  • Much appreciated, Vickie. Thanks so very much. In September/October, this part of the Eco Gardens is covered with these Sunflowers. Quite the sight to behold!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Rusty Gentry
    Rusty Gentryalmost 4 years ago

    Unfuckingbelievable. This is brilliant, bird man.

  • Cheers, Head Aviarist! Many thanks for your very kind words and the “fave”, too! Much appreciated, eh?

    – Mike Oxley

  • Sprezzatura
    Sprezzaturaalmost 4 years ago

    Just lovely, Mike. I cannot wait to hear the bees and watch the activity. This is a wonderfully uplifting image. I like the inclusion of the blade of grass. We are still growing icicles:)Cat

  • Many, many thanks, Cat! It was a last blast of colour in October before the frosts moved in. We’re still harvesting the icicles, too, unfortunately. A balmy 12 degrees out there at the moment, with a delightful wind making it feel twice as cold!

    – Mike Oxley

  • kenspics
    kenspicsalmost 4 years ago

    And to think.. you had to climb up a 4m high ladder to capture this!!!

  • Much appreciated, Ken! No ladder required – it was growing in a ditch! :o)

    – Mike Oxley

  • amar singh
    amar singhalmost 4 years ago


  • Many, many thanks, Amar! I greatly appreciate your wonderful comment!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Jonice
    Jonicealmost 4 years ago

    Sooo Perfect Mike!

  • Thanks so very much, Jonice, and many thanks, too for the “fave”! Much appreciated, my friend!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellalmost 4 years ago

    Great a real active bee.

  • Much appreciated, Fred. Not terribly active as it was a cool October day…

    – Mike Oxley

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Appreciated, Ray! Thanks!

    – Mike Oxley

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