Beauty in Bloom: Fun Facts About Sunflowers

When you look at a sunflower, you can’t help but smile. There’s just something about those bright, larger-than-life flowers that really brighten up the day. That’s why every summer and fall, we love putting a sunflower spin on our famous buttercream frosted cookies!

In honor of one of our favorite vibrant blooms, here are some fun facts about sunflowers!

Did you know…

– Sunflowers belong to the Helianthus genus. Helianthus is a combination of the Greek words – “helios,” meaning sun and “anthos,” meaning flower.

cheryls-buttercream-frosted-sunflower-cookies– The sunflower has been cultivated for over 4,500 years!

-While the sunflower is native to North America, its popularity as a cultivated crop began in Russia.

– It is a very fast growing plant; in fact, it requires around only 100 days from planting to reach maturity.

– Flower heads from young sunflower plants actually follow the movement of the sun during the day. This behavior is known as heliotropism.

– In fact, the French word for sunflower is tournesol, which translates literally to “turn with the sun.”

– Sunflower plants vary tremendously in size; they can be as small as three feet and as large as eighteen feet in height.

– One single sunflower can have up to 2000 seeds – that’s a whole lot of snacking!

– There are more than 60 different kinds of sunflowers growing all over the world.

– Not only are sunflowers the state flower of Kansas, but you can find 11 different varieties of sunflowers growing in this one state!

– There are 2 different kinds of consumable sunflower seed – striped and black oil.

– As of 2014, the tallest sunflower in the world belongs to Hans-Peter Schiffer from Germany. His wow-worthy bloom measures at 28 ft, 8.49 inches (8.75 m) high and was measured on August 27, 2013.

– On the flip side, according to the 1996 Guinness Book of World Records, the smallest sunflower ever grown measured at only 2 1/5 inches at its mature stage – that’s one petite plant!

– Not only can you eat sunflower seeds, but you can even use them to make medicines, paints, and cooking oil.

– Sunflowers are more than just plants, they are art! In fact, famous painter Vincent Van Gogh was so inspired by this beautiful bloom that he did a whole series inspired by and featuring sunflowers.

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