Produces the large grey striped seeds used for human and animal food. Flowers can be up to 10 inches across and have bright yellow, feathery petals with a brown center. Flowers are attractive to honey bees, wild bees and other pollinators.
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.
Annual plants are plants with a life cycle that lasts only one year. They grow from seed, bloom, produce seeds, and die in one growing season. They then need to be replanted each spring.