If you walk through High Park this time of year, you might notice that in certain spots, there are quite a few pockets of yellow. These pockets of yellow are not from the leaves in the trees (not yet anyway) but they are from the Woodland Sunflowers which are happily in bloom!
Sunflowers are incredible plants for wildlife. The yellow flowers are super attractive to pollinators, like bees and butterflies, and the seeds they develop are also attractive to birds, like finches. The Woodland Sunflower is no exception! These days we’ve been seeing the Monarch Butterflies enjoying these bright yellow flowers, as they start picking up on the cues from nature which let them know that its time to start flying south for the winter.
As you may have gathered by the name, sunflowers need a good amount of sunshine to grow well. However, woodland sunflowers, and a few other species of sunflower, have the ability to do well in some shade or partial sun. This is why you’ll often see them along woodland edges, forest openings, and other areas in the park with dappled light.
Keep an eye out for the bright pop of colour from the Woodland Sunflowers on your next visit to the more forested areas of High Park!