Sunflowers bloom in Columbia Bottoms in northern St. Louis County

SPANISH LAKE, Mo. — Sunflowers are blooming in a popular spot in northern St. Louis County, and summer is the best time to capture them at their best.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is planting sunflower fields in the Columbia Bottoms Conservation Area, a 4,300-acre conservation area located south of the Missouri River in Spanish Lake. The park entrance is a few miles north of I-270 on Riverview Drive.

“Visitors should be able to see blooming sunflowers somewhere in the area from early July to mid-August — subject to weather conditions,” MDC said in a Tuesday news release.

MDC says crews planted additional sunflower stands this year in anticipation of large crowds. The sunflowers, which can grow up to 6 feet tall, also provide seeds that attract the birds and provide a variety of benefits for pollinators.

Columbia Bottoms is considered one of the Instagrammable Spots in the St. Louis area for its sunflower exhibition. At the peak of their 10-day flowering period, the sunflowers adorn the area with radiant rays of gold. MDC crews have also staggered the timing of sunflower plantings to spread the flowering season (and summer photo shoots) over a longer period of time.

The nature reserve is open daily throughout the summer from 5am to 9pm, weather permitting. MDC reminds visitors not to pick sunflowers. Visitors are also asked to park in designated lots or shoulders and avoid blocking lanes or gates.

Photographers can use MDC areas for commercial purposes by obtaining a commercial photography permit for US$100 per year. For more information on these permits and the Columbia Bottoms sunflowers, visit click here.

https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/sunflowers-blooming-at-columbia-bottoms-in-north-st-louis-county/ Sunflowers bloom in Columbia Bottoms in northern St. Louis County

Nate Jones

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