Did you know ?
- Each sunflower is actually thousands of teeny flowers.
The iconic yellow petals and fuzzy brown centers are actually individual flowers themselves. As many as 2,000 can make up the classic sunflower bloom.
- You should harvest sunflowers in the morning, not the afternoon.
- Sunflowers are native to the Americas and were domesticated around 1000 B.C.
- There are about 70 species of sunflowers.
Their genus name is Helianthus (which comes from the Greek words for “sun” and “flower”). While many varieties look bright and cheery, their shapes can be quite different.
- The French word for sunflower is “tournesol,” which means “turns with the sun.”
In their bud phase, sunflowers will literally seek out and face the sun. This trait is called heliotropism.
- The tallest sunflower on record was over 30 feet tall.
Coming in at 30′ 1”, the bloom was grown in Germany by Hans-Peter Schiffer, who has held the record twice before.
- Sunflowers have been planted to help soak up nuclear radiation.
They’re not just pretty faces; sunflowers are actually good at absorbing toxins, too. Millions were planted after the devastating tsunami destroyed reactors in the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan.