BOTANICAL NAME: Helianthus annuus
Black-seeded type bred for big yields of small seeds high in oil. Plants get about 6 feet tall and have the familiar bright yellow flowers, smaller than ornamental types but still wonderful to see planted in a whole bed. Flowers turn downward when the seed is ripe to protect it from birds, moisture, etc.
Photo by TG Chastain, Oregon State University, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science