Sunflower Fields nearby in Texas
- Sunflower Fields nearby in Texas
- Sunflower Fields in the Texas Panhandle
- Sunflower Fields in North Central TX
- Sunflower Farms in East Texas
- Sunflower Farms in San Antonio
- Sunflower Farms in Texas Hill Country
- Sunflowers, did you know?
- Are Sunflowers Poisonous?
Sunflowers thrive in the Texas sun and prefer relatively dry soil, which is found in northern and central Texas’ natural environmental circumstances. Over the last decade, these lovely blossoms have earned the moniker “Yellow Gold.” We’ve compiled a list of fun, family-friendly Texas farms that welcome visitors to wander through their sunflower fields, take photos, and pick the flowers for a small fee.
Large yellow sunflower fields are almost as emblematic of Texas as the famous bluebonnets. Many of these farms are only a short drive from several of Texas’ major urban centers. Feed your inner naturalist with a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Texas sunflower farms that open their doors to visitors, whether you’re visiting in the spring or fall.
Sunflower Fields in the Texas Panhandle
Maxwell’s Country Family Fun
12908 S. Bell St, Amarillo, TX 79118
This lovely family farm on the outskirts of Amarillo has acres of Texas sunflower fields. The fields are open to visitors on weekends, but they are usually only in bloom from mid-September to October. The walking trails through the sunflowers provide a flat, easy path that is wheelchair accessible. The large, yellow blooms are stunning, and the west Texas breeze creates ideal fall weather.
Maxwell’s Fall Festival offers a variety of activities to keep visitors entertained for the entire day. After visiting and photographing the sunflowers, go to the Bunny Village or Duck Derby, climb the Hay Pyramid, shoot an Apple Cannon, or navigate the Giant Maze.
A hayride completes the adventure. Don’t forget to stuff your face with funnel cake, corn dogs, and kettle corn.
Sunflower Fields in North Central TX
Lone Star Family Farm
4199 Highway 67, Stephenville, TX 7640
Lone Star Family Farm is located in Stephenville, Texas, about an hour and a half southwest of Fort Worth (which is also not far from the small town of Dublin).
The large, gorgeous sunflowers cultivated here are fall bloomers, which complements the farm’s plethora of fall-themed activities perfectly. This is not a picking farm, but visitors will enjoy walking the trails through the sunflowers, and there are numerous photo opportunities along the way.
Lone Star Family Farm is the ideal fall destination for a fun-filled day with the whole family. Walk through the sunflowers, pick a pumpkin or cotton, let the kids play in the Mini Corn or Hay Bale Mazes, or watch the pig races.
Adults will enjoy a few rounds of Corn Hole, roping practice, or taking everyone on a hayride. There are also picnic tables available for use after purchasing a snack from the concession stand.
Mainstay Farm Park
1004 W Bethesda Rd, Cleburne, TX 76031
This farm is located in Cleburne, Texas, about thirty minutes south of Fort Worth on I-35W. The Sunflower Patch usually blooms from late September to early October. The sunflowers are part of Mainstay Farms’ fall event calendar, which also includes a pumpkin patch.
Since 1989, the Wilson family has put a lot of love into this property, creating a space for visitors to fall in love with the great outdoors.
The Mainstay Farm Park is a full-day event for visitors, with games and outdoor play areas for children of all ages. Enjoy some of the delectable food or desserts while listening to live music. On your way out, stop by the Haymarket Store for some great farm decor or a souvenir.
Wild Berry Farm
905 Crawford Rd, Sadler, TX 76264
Sadler, Texas is a quiet little town about an hour north of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, located between Gainesville and Sherman.
In 2016, Wild Berry Farm began growing sunflowers. Because of the success of their first few plantings, the farm has expanded its sunflower crop across all of its flower fields. You are permitted to cut the flowers for a fee; however, you must bring a pair of shears and something to hold the flowers.
Wild Berry Farm cultivates a wide range of fruits and wildflowers. The Farm Cafe is open from Spring to Fall and serves a variety of fresh menu items made from locally sourced fruits and vegetables.
During the blooming season, visitors are welcome; just make sure to check in at the red barn when you arrive. Wild Berry Farms is a family-owned and operated business, and the visit is suitable for children.
Robinson Family Farm
3780 White Owl Ln, Temple, TX 76501
The month of October is ideal for hopping in the car and driving to Temple, Texas to pick some sunflowers. The Robinson Family Farm’s sunflower fields are filled with stunning blooms that range in height from five to six feet. Cut a bouquet of sunflowers and follow the trail through the tall field. Don’t forget to take some photos; these will make great fall family or class pictures.
One feature that distinguishes Robinson Family Farm from the competition is the variety of activities available on their property.
Visit the pumpkin patch, listen to live music, walk the corn, jump in the corn pit, and play one of the many games set up in the open yard, in addition to the wonderful sunflowers.
Because this is a working family farm, the owners open their gates on weekends during certain seasons, so double-check to ensure they are open.
Sunflower Farms in East Texas
7705 FM 362, Brookshire, TX 77423
Brookshire, Texas is 45 minutes west of downtown Houston, between Interstate 10 and Highway 290.
Dewberry Farms is one of the area’s largest sunflower farms, with four acres of over twenty-five sunflower varieties planted. The primary acres bloom in May and early June, with the large fall bloomers on one acre.
These lovely blossoms range in color from yellow to red. Visitors are welcome to pick their own sunflowers, which are usually priced by the flower.
In May, Dewberry Farm hosts a Sunflower Festival, where visitors can stroll through the neat rows of sunflowers, pick flowers, and take photos. Guests can also ride the train around the property while dining at Mattie’s Kitchen, Annabelle’s, or Rooster’s. Dewberry Farm should be on your must-see list for sunflowers because it has rides and lots of fun activities for visitors of all ages.
3601 Hwy 6, Alvin, TX 77511
This farm, located thirty minutes south of Houston, has a little bit of everything to entice visitors. As part of the Fall Festival, stroll through Froberg Farm’s lovely sunflowers in the Flower Garden and select the perfect blossom. The sunflowers grown here are fall bloomers and look stunning in October.
Froberg’s Farm is a Pick-Your-Own farm with citrus fruit, strawberries, and blackberries, as well as sunflowers and wildflowers. While you have the option of picking your own, all fruits and vegetables are sold by weight.
There is also Froberg’s Bakery on-site, which makes dozens of varieties of homemade pies using farm ingredients, not to mention the delectable jelly and preserves that are also made in-house.
9963 Pooles Rd, Montgomery, TX 77356
P-6 Farms is located 35 minutes west of Conroe on TX-105, just outside the lovely town of Montgomery, Texas. This farm, one of the few public sunflower farms in the greater Houston area, is a great day trip from Houston.
Wander through the Flower Patch; the blooms are beautiful and grow to eye level. Sunflowers grown at P-6 Farms include the traditional dark yellow variety, as well as the lovely orange and dark red varieties. Spend some time selecting the right blooms for your bouquet and bask in the sun.
After you’ve had your fill of the sunflowers, go pumpkin picking or meandering through the Corn Maze.
Throughout the property, there are numerous games, rides, and activities to help you create wonderful fall memories. Finish the day with a hayride and some bbq at The Clodhopper. P-6 Farm will be a fall favorite for the entire family.
Sunflower Farms in San Antonio
9333 SW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78242
The 10-Acre sunflower field contains a variety of sunflower varieties. The ability to explore the sunflowers is provided through walking routes and a maze.
Additionally, Trader’s Village organizes a number of fair-like events including a petting zoo, food vendors, and an inflatable slide. An expert photographer will be on hand to snap your next family portrait if you want something a little more glitzy. Two alternatives for low-cost photo sets are available: for $5, you can get five shots, and for $8, you may purchase ten.
Every weekend, from 5 to 9 p.m., the sunflower field will be accessible as long as they remain in bloom. Fridays at 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. both at 9 a.m. on Saturdays. to 5 p.m. every Sunday.
Sunflower Farms in Texas Hill Country
100 Legacy Dr, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
This lovely farm is located just outside of Fredericksburg, Texas, and features over 200 acres of flowers as well as walking trails throughout the property.
Wildseed grows a number of sunflower varieties, including the Maya Sunflower, Grey Stripe Sunflower, Lemon Queen, Sunspot, Autumn Beauty, and Chocolate Cherry.
The sunflowers on this farm bloom in late summer and make an excellent backdrop for photographs. On their property, Wildseed Farms grows a variety of wildflowers. They also have a Vineyard & Tasting Room, a Biergarten, and a one-stop shop for home decorating and gardening supplies. Wildseed Farms is open every day and admission is free for all visitors.
Other Sunflower Viewing Locations in Texas
Prior to 2000, the oldest sunflower fields in Texas were in the plains near Lubbock and in the Hill Country. Since 2008, the number of sunflower farms in North-Central Texas, particularly around the Dallas area, has more than quadrupled, with the number of plants more than quadrupling in Ennis, Navarro, and Hill counties.
Driving through the back roads of these counties will provide you with stunning views of acres upon acres of sunflowers.
The farmers don’t care if you stop and take pictures in front of their fields, but this is their livelihood, and they prefer visitors not to go into their Texas sunflower fields or pick their crop.
If you do decide to stop, please do so safely–during sunflower season in Texas, you’ll see long lines of cars parked along highways and interstates, and the speed of nearby traffic requires caution!
Sunflowers, did you know?
Just what do you know about these beauties
Sunflowers are a familiar flower in almost every garden and yard. Most of us grow them in preschool, watching in amazement, as a fat little seed in a dixie cup, soon turns into a pretty plant to take home for mom.
Everyone knows how sunflowers turn their blooms to follow the sun throughout the day. This fact is often the start of a wonderful garden journey for school kids everywhere. There is much more to the magic of a sunflower, however.
Sunflowers are easy to grow. They require well-drained soil and full sun, for best results. Their seeds are large, and merely need to be pushed into the ground in spring, and watered well, in order to germinate. They grow stunningly fast, so are not suited for indoor growing. Thin the seedlings to at least 18 inches apart for best growth, and in my experience, they do well if given support as they reach towering heights and sometimes fall over due to that.
Sunflowers now come in a variety of sizes, to fit any garden space. From blooms a foot across, to dwarf varieties, there is a size to fit your garden or pot.
To harvest the seed takes patience on the part of the gardener. If seeds are desired, be certain to plant a variety that offers edible seeds. All sunflowers make seeds, but many have been cultivated to produce a showy bloom and stunted seeds.
A quick tip: If you want sunflower seeds for eating, plant raw sunflower seeds, in the shell.
Flower heads are hung or laid out to dry, and then the seeds are rubbed out of the head. The seeds are then allowed to continue to dry fully to avoid mildew.
Modern day sunflowers are well known for their seed production, but not much else. This is too bad, since sunflowers offer so much to the garden and gardener, that they should be regarded as a highly important plant in any landscape.
The seed of the sunflower is the best-known use of the plant. The seeds are eaten and enjoyed whole, or pressed for the heart healthy oil.
The flower of the sunflower is also edible, the petals making a bright addition to any salad. As small buds, sunflowers can be steamed and eaten also.
The leaf is used in herbal smoking mixtures, and as a starter or catalyst for the compost pile.
Sunflower stems are used for paper making, and after they are burned, added as a fertilizer to increase potash in the soil.
One of the most interesting aspects of the sunflower, is its ability to absorb moisture from the ground. This is not surprising, considering that the stem contains a lightweight and porous pith, valued for its strength and lightness. The Chinese use the pith of sunflower as moxa in acupuncture and in making ropes.
Are Sunflowers Poisonous?
Every month during the growing season, I receive at least a few emails, asking if some part of sunflowers are poisonous. From petal to root, all parts are suspect.
Answer: In short, no. There is nothing poisonous about the any plant in the Helianthus (sunflower) family. In fact, sunflowers offer medicinal as well as recreational benefits.
The leaves are used in herbal smoking mixtures. They offer a mild smoke and are nice used as a “bulk” part of your herbal tobacco mix. Try adding to tobacco when cutting back or trying to quit smoking.
Leaves are also used in a tincture of leaf/flowers for lunch issues, chest tightness, such as a reaction to scents or before a cough loosens. I use this tincture for my husband who has COPD and gets bronchitis every winter, that lasts for months.
Make your own roasted sunflower seeds by soaking unshelled seeds in 2 quarts of water with 1/4 cup salt dissolved in it.
In the morning, drain and spread them on a kitchen towel to soak up as much extra moisture as possible.
Then, spread the dried sunflower seeds onto a dry cookie sheet and bake in a 325 oven for 30-45 minutes or until the white part of the shells start to turn golden brown. Cool and eat! I store mine in a canning jar with a screw type lid. They are a much loved snack by adults and kids alike.
Sunflower seeds are also useful when used by people trying to beat their nicotine addiction. Browned seeds are also used as an infusion, to provide whooping cough relief.
Used for Rheumatism, the roots are outside the scope of the home herbalist, but I encourage you to seek a professional herbalist and work with them and this useful herb.
Something else that is interesting, I made a tincture from sunflower leaf and blossom, and it turned shocking pink! This unexpected color is how I gauge if my sunflower is the freshest it can be.
When harvesting sunflowers, you will notice that your hands and fingernails become sticky with resin. This is indicative of herbs that are connected with lung issues.
Harvest in late summer, on a dry day when the plant is resinous. I always try to harvest before noon, but after the dew has dried on the plant. I pick leaves in one pouch, and harvest the blossom heads carefully, placing them in a basket as I go. I do not like piling a bunch of flowers into a closed pouch, especially when it is hot weather and I am going to be walking back to the house. I find that the delicate petals get bruised when they are heaped together. Work quickly, and get your blossoms into your tincture or drying rack before they have a chance to become shriveled and damaged.
There is a market for sunflowers as above, and small herb farms may want to take note. Sunflowers are easy to grow (who hasn’t popped a seed into a Dixie cup?) and they do not need extremely rich soil. Sunflowers grow rapidly. They do use a lot of potash, so rotating crops is essential for the best yield. Better yet, harvest the heads, allow the stems to dry and then burn them. The resulting potash rich ash can be returned to the location.
Your goats, cattle, and other livestock will love the seed, seed heads, stalks and leaves of your sunflowers. So be sure to plant plenty for all. I like to cut and hang some sunflowers-stalks and all, dry them and then give one to my goats in the winter as a treat. They eat every speck.
Last but not least, there is nothing more enjoyable than driving down a country road and seeing an entire field full of yellow, nodding heads of sunflowers. It’s cheerful and useful at the same time!