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Ode to a Sunflower
Tuesday 11th of October 2011 08:13 AM

By Kim L. Fritzemeier

KFRM Central Kansas Reporter

Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line

"Ad astra per aspera: To the stars through difficulties."

Isn't it fitting that the state flower so ably illustrates Kansas' motto? Drought has ravaged nearly every crop this year. But wild sunflowers are as prolific as ever, dotting the ditches and decorating the landscape for fall.

It's been the universal symbol of Kansas and its people since 1903, when Senator George Morehouse of Council Grove introduced a bill to the legislature which said, in part:
This flower has to all Kansans a historical symbolism which speaks of frontier days, winding trailing, pathless prairies and is full of the life and glory of the past, the pride of the present and richly emblematic of the majesty of the golden future, and is a flower which has given Kansas the worldwide name, "The Sunflower State."
Kansas Cattle Drive, September 2011

Sunflower at sunrise

"Ad astra per aspera: To the stars through difficulties."


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