The scientific name of sunflower is Helianthus, Helia for sun and Anthus for flower. This flowers are a great choice for planting to attract birds to your yard. They are one of the fastest growing plants and can grow 8 to 12 feet tall in rich soil within six months.
- Do you know what Netherlands country grew the tallest sunflower? (25′ 5.5″ tall) grown in 1986 by M. Heijmf.
- It requires only 90 to 100 days from planting to maturity.
- The former Soviet Union grows the most sunflowers. The sunflower is the national flower of Russia.
- The flower is native to North America and was used by the Indians for food and oil. Some farmers use it
to feed their livestock.
- We use sunflowers seeds to make oil, bird seed and for snacking. They have lots of calcium and 11 other important minerals. They do have 50% fat, BUT it is mostly polyunsaturated linoleic acid.
- Wild flower is highly branched with small heads and small seeds, in contrast to the single-stem and large seed head of the domesticated sunflower.
- This flower heads consist of 1,000 to 2,000 individual flowers joined together by a receptacle base. The large
petals around the edge of a sunflower head are individual ray flowers which do not develop into the seed.
- A well-known sunflowers characteristic is that the flowering heads track the sun’s movement, a phenomenon known as heliotropism.
- The daily orientation of the flower to the sun is a direct result of the differential growth of the stem. A plant-growth regulator, or auxin, accumulates on the shaded side of a plant when conditions of unequal light prevail. Because of this accumulation, the darker side grows faster than the sunlit side. Thus, the stem bends toward the sun.
- This flower seeds are rich in oil, which they store as a source of energy and food. Sunflower seeds are
crushed to give us oil. We can use sunflower oil for cooking.
- Sunflower plants can be from 3 to 18 feet tall.
- One sunflower can have up to 2000 seeds.
- There are more than sixty different kinds of sunflowers in the U.S.
- Sunflowers originally came from the U.S.
- There are two kinds of sunflowers seeds- black and stripe
- Oil is made from black seeds.
- Snacks are made from striped seeds
- Sunflowers seeds are also used to feed birds.
- Sunflowers are the state flower for Kansas.
- There is only one flower on each sunflowers stem.
- Sunflowers are very beautiful flowers and are used for decoration. Sunflower plants can be from 3 to 18 feet
tall. One sunflower can have up to 2000 seeds.
- Sunflowers are also an important crop. There are more than sixty different kinds of sunflowers growing
in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Russia. Sunflowers originally came from the United States.
- There are two kinds of sunflower seeds. Oil is made from black seeds and snacks are made from striped
seeds. Sunflowers seeds are also used to feed birds.