The Sunflower Shoppe
From farm to table
Grown in America
- Sunflowers are available Year-Round.
- Sunflowers are extremely durable flowers that will last up to 7-10 days if properly hydrated and cared for.
- There are many different varieties of sunflowers.
- Sunflowers are annual plants native to the Americas.
- Their name comes from the Greek god "helios" (sun) and "athos" (flower) because of their huge, fiery blooms, whose shape and image is often used to depict the sun.
- The sunflower has a rough, hairy stem, broad, coarsely toothed, rough leaves and circular heads of flowers. The heads consist of 1,000-2,000 individual flowers joined together by a receptacle base.
- As the sun moves across the sky, the Sunflower in the field turns its head to follow it. That's why the French call them "Tournesol" which means "to turn with the sun."
- Sunflower seeds were taken to Europe in the 16th century, where, along with sunflower oil, they became a widespread cooking ingredient.
- Sunflower leaves can be used as a cattle feed, while the stems contain a fiber which may be used in paper production.
- Sunflower is the state flower of Kansas (known as "The Sunflower State") and the national flower of Ukraine.
- In the past, stems of sunflowers were used inside life jackets.
- A sunflower only requires 90 to 100 days to grow.
- A single sunflower can have up to 2000 seeds.
- Growing sunflowers is a great way to attract birds to your yard.
- More than sixty different varieties of sunflowers can be found in the world.
- A sunflower head is made up of 1,000 to 2,000 individual flowers that are joined together to a base. The large petals that are found around the edge of a sunflower are individual ray flowers, these do not develop into seeds.
- A domesticated sunflower has a single-stem and a large seed head. This is in contrast to the wild variety that is highly branched with small heads and seeds.
- A distinguishing quality of the sunflower is that its flowering head tracks the sun's movement. This occurrence is known as "heliotropism."
- Sunflower seeds are used to produce numerous things like cooking oil, medicine, paint, animal feed and biodiesel.
- The tallest sunflower was grown in the Netherlands by M. Heijmf in 1986 and was 25' 5.5" tall.
- 32.5", was the size of the largest sunflower head which had been grown in Canada.