This could be the last, best weekend to see these giant sunflowers in St. Louis


SPANISH LAKE, Mo (KMOX) - Time is running out on the best chances to see sunflowers as tall as you (sometimes taller) in St. Louis County. The sunflower plots of Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is marketed as one of the best photo ops of the summer in St. Louis. 

But the Missouri Department of Conservation says you have fewer than 10 days now to see the gorgeous plants at their best. A post on Facebook shared on Tuesday says this coming weekend will be the last weekend of peak bloom. 

Last year floodwaters prevented planting, but this year MDC staff were able to get the giant blooms to grow on more than a dozen fields.

The practice is actually part of management for mourning doves and the September dove hunting season.  But families have been flocking to the site in Spanish Lake to escape and get spectacular pictures.

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is managed to create a mosaic of bottomland habitats that includes shallow wetlands, bottomland hardwoods, prairie, and cropland. It is located at 801 Strodtman Road. The area can be reached by taking the Riverview Drive Exit from I-270 and traveling north approximately three miles. The area is open every day from a half hour before sunrise until a half hour past sunset.

Sunflower fields have been an annual tradition at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in Spanish Lake. @MDC_online planted additional sunflower plots again this year for communities to have the opportunity to view and photograph the spectacular displays. --

— (@MoEnvironment) July 7, 2020

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