Sunflower Fields in Poolesville Have Started to Bloom

by Michelle Katz
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Sunflower Fields in Poolesville Have Started to Bloom

McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area, located off of River Road, is home to fields of sunflowers. In recent years, these sunflower fields have become a popular spot for people to visit– usually to take photos of the blooms or to use as a creative background. 

Often, the sunflowers are in peak bloom around mid-July.  However, there is some variety from year to year when peak bloom will occur– the Department of Natural Resources website explains that many factors affect the timing of the blooms, such as the techniques used in planting, type of seeds used, conditions of the soil, and more. 

Although the sunflower fields are a popular spot for people to visit, that is not the main purpose behind why they are planted. They are primarily used for their seeds, which are cultivated to feed mourning doves and other types of animals that are hunted on the property.  Additionally, the local bee population benefits from the pollen and nectar produced by these flowers. 

While people are allowed to visit and take photos with the sunflowers, there are some rules that need to be followed: visitors are not allowed to cut, destroy, remove, or trample any of the sunflowers or other plants in the area. 

You can learn more about the Mckee-Beshers sunflowers here

By: Michelle Katz @pike.and.rozay

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