More Facts About Sunflowers
“Sunflowers are a symbol to remind us to follow our instinct;
Follow our joy, follow what lights us up.”
~ Avia ~
Seeing that the sunflower features prominently in our website and our logo, we promised to bring you more interesting and fun facts about this wonderful flower, and thought a Friday is the right day for this post – something bright, yellow and cheerful with which to start the weekend.
20 Quick Facts About Sunflowers
1 A sunflower is the only flower with flower in its name!
2 “Helianthus” is the scientific name for the Sunflower, Helia for Sun and Anthus for Flower.
3 Sunflowers are the symbol of faith, loyalty and adoration.
4 Sunflowers follow the movement of the sun across the sky from east to west, and this process is known as heliotropism.
5 The Sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine, and is the state flower of Kansas.
6 Sunflowers are one of the fastest growing plants; they grow very tall – on average sunflowers grow up to 2.5 – 3.5 metres within six months.
7 The tallest sunflower measures 9.17 m (30 ft 1 in) and was grown by Hans-Peter Schiffer (Germany) in Karst, Nordrhein Westfalen, Germany, as verified on 28 August 2014. Hans-Peter is a veteran of tall sunflowers, having held this record twice previously.
8 A Bonsai technique was used to cultivate the shortest mature sunflower which measured only 5 cm in height.
9 A massive 837 flowers were grown on a single plant by Melvin Hemker in saint Charles, Mi. in 2001.
10 Sunflower oil can be used to soften leather, condition hair, and treat wounds; it is also used as cooking oil, medicine, paint, animal feed and bio-diesel.
11 Oil of sunflower is rich in minerals like calcium and iron and contains vitamin A and Vitamin D.
12 The spiral formation of seeds in a sunflower almost always follows the Fibonacci sequence.
13 The sunflower with the largest flower head is 82 cm 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.
14 A single sunflower can have up to 2000 seeds.
15 A sunflower head is made up of 1 000 to 2 000 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.
16 Cultivated sunflowers have a single stem and a large seed head, while in the wild they are highly branched with small heads and seeds.
17 More than 60 varieties of sunflowers are found around the world in different shades, like this Red Torch Mexican Sunflower. Some varieties also have striped petals.
18 Not only we can find different coloured petals, but their centres also vary in different shades.
19 Sunflower seeds are found in black and striped.
20 Black sunflower seeds are used to make oil and snacks are made out of striped seeds.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.
It’s what the sunflowers do.
~ Helen Keller ~