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20 Facts about Sunflowers

All facts about sunflowers :

  1. Sunflower is the only flower with flower in its name!
  2. “Helianthus” is the scientific name of Sunflower, Helia for Sun and Anthus for Flower.
  3. Sunflowers are the symbol of faith, loyalty and adoration.
  4. They follow the movement of the sun across the sky from east to west, and this process is known as  heliotropism.
  5. Sunflower oil was able to soften leather, condition hair, wounds, and also used as cooking oil, medicine paint, animal feed and bio-diesel.
  6. Oil of sunflower is rich in minerals like calcium and iron and contains vitamin A and Vitamin D.
  7. Sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine, and is the state flower of  Kansas.
  8. Sunflowers are one of the fastest growing plants and they grow tall. On an average they grow up to 8-12 feet within six months.
  9. The Guinness world record for the tallest sunflower is 25 feet 5 ½ inches, grown by M Heijims in Oirschot, Netherlands in1986.
  10. Sunflower with largest flower head is 32 ¼ inches in diameter (measured from the outer tip of the petal on one side to the outer tip of the petal on the opposite side), was grown by Emily Martin in Maple Ridge, British Columbia,  Canada in 1983.

facts about sunflowers

  1. 837 flowers were grown on a single plant by Melvin Hemker in saint Charles, Mi. in 2001.
  2. Bonsai technique was used to make the shortest mature sunflower record with 2 inches in height.
  3. The spiral formation of seeds in a sunflower almost always follows the Fibonacci sequence.
  4. A single sunflower can have up to 2000 seeds.
  5. Sunflower head is made up of 1000 to 2000 individual flowers which are joined at the base.The large petals which are found around the edge are individual ray flowers, which do not develop into seeds.
  6. Cultivated sunflowers have a single stem and a large seed head, while in wild they are highly branched with small heads and seeds.
  7. More than 60 varieties of sunflowers are found around the world in different shades. Some varieties also have striped petals.
  8. Not only we can find different colored petals, but also their centers vary in different shades.
  9. Sunflower seeds are found in two ways black and striped.
  10. Black seeds are used to make oil and snacks are made out of striped seeds.

Also read: Amazing Facts about Tulips

  • Kai Lowe

    who wrote this article? can i have the name and day it was written please?

  • Kai Lowe

    why delete my comment?

  • Louie Coombe

    brilliant to make a fact file my class very enjoyed these facts

  • Hyungnam Gu

    Bellflower, Balloon Flower, Blanketflower, Coneflower, Globeflower, Moon flower, Passion flower have flower in their names.

  • Hyungnam Gu

    In case of sunflower, a common misconception is that sunflower heads track the Sun across the sky. The uniform alignment of the flowers does result from heliotropism in an earlier development stage, the bud stage, before the appearance of flower heads. The buds are heliotropic until the end of the bud stage, and finally face east. The flower of the sunflower preserves the final orientation of the bud, thus keeping the mature flower facing east.

  • Hyungnam Gu