The hardy and ubiquitous sunflower has been chosen as the state flower or floral emblem.
Here also, amongst other plants, the sunflower decorates village gardens.
The common sunflower (the most conspicuous weed of the state) and allied flowers, which spring up in myriads even in the midst of unbroken prairie wherever this is disturbed, line the roads with yellow bands from horizon to horizon, enclose the broken fields and choke waste places.
As Alpatych was driving out of the gate he saw some ten soldiers in Ferapontov's open shop, talking loudly and filling their bags and knapsacks with flour and sunflower seeds.
The advancing summer introduces many flowers of the sunflower family, until in August the plains are one blaze of yellow and purple.