Towering 12'H stems, are decorated with lovely green, heart shaped leaves. Expect heavy yields of humongous bright yellow flowers 14" wide by 4" thick with orange to green centers. Heat and drought tolerant. Does well in poor soil. May need take to support plants. Large seeds are perfect for roasting. Birds love them too! Great ornamental backdrop to a fence row or alongside a house or barn, or plant in a huge mass for brilliant color. Plants should be 18" apart after thinning.
Pollination occurs by insect, bird, wind, humans, or other natural mechanisms. Because there are no restrictions on the flow of pollen between individuals, open-pollinated plants are more genetically diverse. However, as long as pollen is not shared between different varieties within the same species, then the seed produced will remain true-to-type year after year.
This variety has a history of being passed down within a family or community, similar to the generational sharing of certain items like jewelry or furniture.