The Sunflower is a
good bee plant, ours have been covered in bees this summer.
In many parts of
Europe sunflowers have provided/and still provide leaves for
smoking, flower buds for salads, flowers for dyes, and oil for
I read somewhere
that there are 67 species of sunflowers, growing in the various
countries of the world, but I have a feeling...that the number is
way higher now :-)
The sunflower is not
one flower, but a cluster of more then 2000 tiny flowers growing
together...go and have a closer look next time you come face to face
A sunflower's head
can grow to be as big as 2 feet across and the plant itself can be
as tall as 18 feet. Well this year our tallest one got to over 10
feet tall, so maybe next year they will be taller :-)
sunflower grown on record was 25 feet tall and was grown in the
Netherlands. Well I wonder if this record has been beaten yet?
The largest sunflower head on record measured 32 1/2 inches across
its widest point and was grown in Canada. Again, I wonder if this
year this record has been beaten.
The shortest mature sunflower on record was just over 2 inches tall
and was grown in Oregon using the Bonsai technique. Wow that is tiny, we grew some
short ones this year, but they were still taller than we thought
when fully grown.
The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas.
The sunflower is the
national flower of Russia.
The French word for
Sunflower is tournesol, or literally "turn with the sun".
and In Spain and
and In Germany:
Flower Meaning -
Dwarf Sunflower: Adoration
Tall Sunflower: False Riches