Excerpt from American Agriculturalist, Volume 41, March, 1882.
long ago there appeared in the European catalogues Helianthus
globosus fistulosus, and it is now offered by our seedsmen.
Two names are all that any plant ought to have, and the first
two of these may be translated into "Globe Sunflower,"
which is short and descriptive. What fistulosus (hollow) applies
to it we are not quite sure, but probably to the quilled form
of the florets. At all events, the engraving shows it to be
a sunflower that is trying to look as much unlike a sunflower
as possible. We are not told anything about its origin, but
as it is an annual it is likely to be a variety of the common
sunflower, Helianthus annuus, in which the disk is filled
with ray flowers, and the very convex receptacle gives the
head a form approaching the globular. It is said to grow about
three feet high, and to bloom profusely. When an abundance
of yellow is desired to mix with and warm up other and more
somber colors, this will no doubt afford a ready means of