The bloom alone measured 4 1/2 inches across its square top and just over 8 inches tall. This was the 23rd of July here in north central WI. where our 2009 summer was hot, dry and very windy. It loved a daily drink.
The circular spiked seedhead was nearly fully developed by the 30th of August, 09.
Before it was fully dried, it was carried inside and set in an east- facing window to continue it's drying process due to unpredictable cooler weather...cool enough to threaten frost that we already had in early Sept.
My hope now is that these seeds will bring many more graceful, strong stems to show off their awesome flowers.
I must thank my dear Aunt from the farm, for her generosity of this gift. I have gifted my sisters, Mother and friends in return as an insert in their Christmas cards. If the seeds don't germinate, be sure to call. I have plenty of seeds to share. Good Luck my dears, with great success with this wonderful Gift of God, the Moon Flower.