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Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
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Sep 19, 2015 3:02 PM CST
Do any of you here , Have any idea of how to use Sunflower rubber etc the chewing gum inside sunflower stalks ,
If the latex can be boiled down into liquid , or how to break it down into liquid ,?
In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Sep 20, 2015 4:26 PM CST
Really?? Sunflowers?? I know Thomas Edison did a lot of experiments trying to make rubber out of Goldenrod, but had never heard of it being in sunflowers, too. It's usually already in liquid form in the sap of the plant isn't it?

I'd be very careful of the possibility of toxins and allergens in any plant product you are thinking of chewing or ingesting.

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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Sep 20, 2015 9:23 PM CST
Not chewing gum, but...
The question is not as crazy as it appears. Type this into a Google Search and be amazed: "do sunflowers contain latex".

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