Instead of roses, I would really love to be given sunflowers as a gift because they are accepted as the symbol of faith, loyalty, and adoration. Here, I have gathered 23 interesting facts about sunflowers.
23 interesting facts about sunflowers
1. The Latin name for sunflower is derived from the Greek word helios, meaning sun, and anthos, meaning flower; the second part of the Latin name for sunflower, annus, means yearly.
2. The sunflower’s name believed to be originated from its connection to the sun.
3. A sunflower needs a lot of sun and follows the sun’s movements across the sky from east to west, this process is called heliotropism.
4. Sunflowers have been cultivated and harvested by many cultures for at least 4,500 years.
5. The sunflower is a native of South America; it is believed that many ancient cultures used the sunflower for its therapeutic properties and in culinary practice.
6. The Aztec and the Inca cultures believed that the sunflower represented the sun and therefore worshiped the sunflower accordingly.
7. Sunflowers are well known for their ability to grow very tall and their heads can be equally huge.
8. Do you know a single sunflower head is made up of 1,000 to 2,000 tiny individual flowers called florets that are joined together to the base.
9. Sunflowers are an annual plant and are easily identifiable by a large, bright yellow flower head.
10. There are more than 60 different varieties of sunflowers that can be found in the world but the most common is bright yellow with dark brown centers filled with seeds.
11. Do you know? The tallest sunflower was grown in the Netherlands in 1986 and it was 25′ 5.5″ tall.
12. Sunflowers are grown for their edible seeds and the phytosterol from the sunflower seeds is known to make the immune system better and reduce the risk of cancer when used daily.