Helianthus tuberosus

05 October 2020

From colonisers of carparks to infiltrators of lawns this collection is a celebration of those weedy wonders which bring life and diversity to otherwise barren places. Not only are many weeds fantastic pioneers of extremely challenging environments such as the cracks in a pavement or a baking hot motorway verge but many of them are also extremely valuable sources of pollen and nectar to many insects.

Helianthus tuberosus, known as Jerusalem artichoke, is grown as a crop for its potato like tubers. Originating in north America it can now be found naturalised through southern Europe coming into bright yellow flower during the depths of summer heat.