Monday, September 20, 2021

Fun facts about sunflowers!


The tallest recorded sunflower was a ginormous 9.17m (30ft 1inch)!


The sunflower is now the national flower for both Russia and Ukraine.


Sunflower seeds are packed full of calcium 
so they're perfect for a little mid-afternoon healthy snack.


Sunflowers are usually given on a third wedding anniversary.

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"I am working with the enthusiasm of a man from 
Marseilles eating bouillabaisse, 
which shouldn't come as a surprise to you because 
I am busy painting huge sunflowers."
- Vincent Van Gogh


Each sunflower can produce between 1000-2000 seeds!


Sunflowers first originated around 1000 BC in the Americas.

Sunflower oil is perfect for cooking, skin and hair!

You can probably guess how sunflowers got their name. 
It’s simply because young sunflowers move to face the sun! 

In Greek mythology, the story goes that a nymph named Clytie was in love with Apollo, the God of Sun. In the beginning, he loved her too, but then his head was turned toward another nymph. In a fit of jealous rage, Clytie told the other nymphs father, who then buried his daughter alive as punishment. Pretty brutal! Apollo was so angry that he then turned Clytie into a sunflower. But, as her love for him was so strong, she watched him move across the sky every day, just how sunflowers follow the sun.

Brides love to grow their own bouquets!

A sunflower has an official name: Helianthus
It is Greek = Sun + Flower

With bright blooms that go from mid-summer to early fall, 
sunflowers say “summer” like no other plant. 
Plus, 2021 has been designated the “Year of the Sunflower”! 
What better way to celebrate than growing some yourself? 
LEARN how to plant grow and care for sunflowers



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