Sunflowers, one of the country’s most important crops, are back in Melbourne after a 20-year hiatus.
Sunflowers were once grown in Melbourne and the south-east of Australia, but a shortage of water and poor farming practices have forced many of the trees to go extinct.
Melbourne’s CBD has been the main site for growing sunflowers since the 1960s, and a new plant nursery was recently installed in the CBD.
Sunflower production in the city rose by 70 per cent in the first half of the decade, with growers in the south of the city planting more than 1.2 million trees, according to a report by the Melbourne Farmers Federation.
Sunfarms have also been popping up in other cities across Australia, with Brisbane and Perth growing more than 10 million trees.