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6 Sunflower Facts That Are Interesting

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Brightly coloured and attractive to all sorts of pollinators. Sunflowers are more than just a beautiful flowers. They are grown for their seeds to make sunflower seed oil and for consumption. In this article I am sharing some interesting facts of these amazing flowers.

1. Young Sunflowers Follow the Sun

Young sunflowers show a behaviour called heliotropism. Sunflower buds and young flowers will face east in the morning and track the sun throughout the day. They have their own biological clocks which helps them to follow the sun and then move back to their original position at night and repeats the cycle until maturity. They face east when fully grown as this attracts many pollinators especially bees.

2. They Made up of Thousands of Small Flowers

You might believes each sunflower is only a single flower, but each sunflower is actually made up of thousands (up to two thousand) of small flowers. These small flowers are filled with nectar making them a great treat for bees too.

3. The Tallest Sunflower Was Over 30 Feet in Height

On average, sunflowers reach a height of between 6 to 10 feet, but they can get really tall. The tallest sunflowers ever recorded was 30 feet, that was growing by Hans-Peter Schiffer in Germany. It was confirmed by Guinnes World Records on August 28, 2014. Schiffer had already broken the record three times before.

4. Sunflowers Protect Us From Harmful Radiations

Sunflowers are not just glorious flowers but are really good at absorbing toxins and protect us from harmful radiations. Scientists planted millions of sunflowers after the destructive tsunami destroyed reactors in the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Sunflowers can absorb much more of these toxins than other plants that's why they are 'hyperaccumulators'.

5. There Are 70 Different Species of Sunflowers

The popular sunflower is Helianthus Annus. However, there are 70 different species of the Helianthus family. They can be tall while others are short. The shortest sunflowers usually grow in clusters and are called dwarfs. Most people relate sunflowers with yellow colour, but these flowers come in a variety of colours including red, orange, purple, pink and white

6. They Are Native to North America

Sunflowers were first grow in North America over 5000 years ago. North Dakota is recognized as the popular U.S State for sunflower production by a University of Missouri journal.

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Nian (author) from Pakistan on September 12, 2021:

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Cynthia from Philippines on September 12, 2021:

thanks for sharing

Nian (author) from Pakistan on September 07, 2021:

Misbah, thankyou for your kind comment.

Stay Safe and Healthy, dear sister.

Nian (author) from Pakistan on September 07, 2021:

Thankyou Rozlin for your comment.

Many Blessings and Love to you, dear sister.

Misbah Sheikh on September 07, 2021:

Eman, I finally found it in my feed after Rozlin's comment. As I said before a very interesting and informative article. Thank you for sharing this beautiful hub.

Blessings and Love to you, dear sister

Rozlin from UAE on September 07, 2021:

Beautiful and informative hub on sunflower, Eman. I learnt a lot from your hub. Thank you for sharing. Blessings and Much Love to you dear sister

Nian (author) from Pakistan on September 07, 2021:

Thankyou Miebakagh for your kind comment.

Have a nice day.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 07, 2021:

I once visit the Sun Flower. But I hardly realised it follows the Sun in a circle. A unique plant and interesting read. Thanks.

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