5 Facts About Sunflowers

Read this article and learn more about the famous sunflower 

5 Facts About Sunflowers

5 facts about sunflowers you may not have known. Image: Thinkstock 

The subject of famous poetry and artwork, sunflowers are a beautiful and much adored plant. Their striking looks and vibrant colouring have made them a popular choice in gardens across the globe.

In this article we pay tribute to the sunflower by listing 5 facts you may not have already known. 

1. Sow and grow

Sunflowers are easy plants to grow. Just pop a seed in the ground, water it, then a green sprout will appear in about 14 days. To boost their height, give them a liquid feed every 2-3 weeks. 

2. Tasty leaves

Each sunflower leaf grows up the stem at about a 90° angle from the one below it. The leaves are actually edible and work well in salads and stir-fries or steamed with the tough centre vein cut out and removed. 
 

3. High and mighty

According to the Guinness World Records, the tallest sunflower in the world was grown in Germany in 2012 and reached more than 8m high. The grower broke his own record for the tallest sunflower set in 2009.
 

4. Bonus blooms

One sunflower head consists of more than 1000 individual blooms called disc flowers, and what we think of as petals are called ray flowers. Wild plants have multiple heads while cultivated sunflowers have one.
 

5. Seed and feed

There are two types of commercial sunflower seeds. The small black seed used in bird feed is also processed into oil, while the second type is a larger non-oil seed with black and white stripes that is used in food.

Vote It Up: 
5 Facts About Sunflowers

See also

 Grow A Summer Garden

A stepped flower garden in full bloom looks striking

The best gardeners have a knack for achieving colour in the garden throughout the year, combining both flowers and foliage....
6 Australian Christmas Plants

Decorate with native plants this festive season 

Although pines are the traditional Christmas tree, they can cause an allergic reaction for many people. Instead, grow your...
Evening Flowers

Enjoy moonlit evenings in the garden, filled with the sweet fragrance of flowers

Summer is a sensual season in the garden, with flowers in full bloom, and the longer days and warm evenings enabling us to...
All About Poinsettias

Make it a traditional Christmas with red poinsettias .Image: iStock 

A Christmas classic, poinsettias make great living centrepieces, and the traditional red and green variety is a popular choice...
How To Grow Lavender
A fragrant shrub from the Mediterranean, lavender has a long history as a healing herb and has been utilised as a tonic,...
5 Facts About Sunflowers

5 facts about sunflowers you may not have known. Image: Thinkstock 

The subject of famous poetry and artwork, sunflowers are a beautiful and much adored plant. Their striking looks and vibrant...