What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a sunflower? Maybe it’s their spectacularly vibrant yellow blossom, or maybe you picture of field of towering sunflowers. It’s hard not to see the beauty in a sunflower. And with that we give you 10 stunning photos of one of the cheeriest flowers.
The wild native sunflower is the official flower of Kansas. The sunflower also appears on the state’s quarter and the Kansas state flag. So it’s not surprising that Kansas’s nickname is “The Sunflower State.”
Once it is dried out, the head of a sunflower makes a perfect bird feeder. You can learn how to make one here.
If you want to cut sunflowers so you can display fresh flowers in your home it’s best to cut them in the morning. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac if you cut the stem midday it might cause the flower to wilt.
In 2014 the USDA estimated that there were 1.71 million acres of sunflowers growing throughout the United States.
Roughly one quarter of all sunflower seeds is used in birdseed, while between 10 and 20 percent is used in food products.
The tallest sunflower was measured at an incredibly tall 30 feet and one inch. Hans-Peter Schiffer, the man who grew the world’s tallest sunflower in Germany in August 2014, also holds the two previous records for the tallest sunflower.
The head of a sunflower contains between 1,000 and 2,000 seeds.
After the devastating tsunami struck Japan in 2011, eight million sunflowers were planted to soak up toxins that escaped from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and contaminated the ground near the plant and the surrounding 30 miles. Sunflowers were also planted in the surrounding area after the Chernobyl disaster.
There are dozens of varieties of sunflowers. They can range from 15 inches to 12 feet tall and they can be any shade of yellow, bronze, red or even white!
Although the wild native sunflower originated in North America, Russia was the first to commercialize the sunny flower.