Sunflower Facts to Share At the Next Summer Shindig

When we think about summer flowers, we typically envision a full garden with bright pink, yellow and purple flowers. We also think about sunflowers! After all, the summer is filled with sunshine and these flowers require limited care beyond lots of sun. They make a great first flower for young kids to grow and gardeners don’t need to worry as much about shade and water.

Additionally, sunflowers evoke a feeling of positivity. With their large yellow blooms, sunflowers symbolize life and joy, along with positive feelings. Related to the positive energy, sunflowers are also great wedding flowers. While not known as a romantic flower, sunflowers also symbolize strength, adoration and loyalty, which are pretty great traits in a partner. Along those lines, sunflowers and roses make a great pair for all sorts of events and occasions!

And, sunflowers, or Helianthus in the scientific community, are some of the oldest things in the world. Dating back to 1,000 BC, sunflowers derived their now common name from the Greek empire (helios is Greek for sun and anthos is Greek for flower). So, sunflowers have been providing positive energy for all of human existence.

10 Sensational Sunflower Facts

With a long dated origin story, sunflowers have stood the test of time and built an impressive list of interesting facts. For example, they remain the only flower with the word flower in its name! They are pretty common, so as you mix and mingle with friends and family in the summer, keep in mind a few interesting sunflower facts.

  1. Helianthophobia is the Fear of Sunflowers

Did you know some people are afraid of sunflowers? Yes, it’s true and the phobia is called Helianthophobia and generally caused by an irrational fear about its look or smell. While this phobia is pretty rare, it exists and may come as a shock to the many people that love and embrace the sunflower’s positive energy.

  1. Sunflowers are Tall

In general, sunflowers grow to an average of six to ten feet tall, which makes them one of the largest flowers. However, the tallest sunflower on record was grown by Hans-Peter Schiffer, who grew a 30 foot sunflower. Interestingly, Schiffer’s 30 foot beast broke his own record! And, he broke the Guinness World Records for tallest sunflower three times.

  1. Sunflowers Display Heliotropism

In addition to their direct name, sunflowers also have a trait called Heliotropism. What is Heliotropism? Simple, it means sunflowers turn to face the sun. Yes, these magical flowers face the East in the morning when the sun rises and move with the sun throughout the day. Interestingly, younger sunflowers will still follow the path of the sun on cloudy days, but mature sunflowers stop exhibiting Heliotropism.

  1. One Sunflower is Thousands of Tiny Flower Blooms

When we think about sunflowers, one of the first images is a little child bringing in a single flower to school. While we will likely always think of sunflowers as a large flower with bright yellow petals, they are actually comprised of thousands of tiny flower blooms. The dark center of the flower contains all of the tiny blossoms and attracts plenty of bees! Additionally, the center that contains the blossom produces seeds that self-pollinate (or attract pollen from wind and insects).

  1. Sunflowers are Multipurpose

From seeds and oil to peanut butter and vitamin D, sunflowers are very versatile flowers. While many people are well aware of sunflower seeds and oil, most people do not know that sunflowers absorb toxins! In fact, following the Fukushima nuclear power plant incident in Japan, local authorities planted sunflowers to absorb potential toxins. Additionally, the sunflower seed oil is a terrific source of vitamin D, A, E, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium, copper, and iron, along with serving as leather and hair conditioner.

  1. Sunflowers can be Scrubbing Pads

In addition to all of the food and health related uses, sunflowers are also substitute scrubbing pads. Simply empty the flower head of all the seeds and it becomes a great scrubbing pad, especially for very tough cleaning jobs that the usual tools fail to clean.

  1. Sunflower Seeds are Prehistoric

Not only are sunflower seeds very healthy, they have been harvested for millenia (dating back to prehistoric times). It is no stretch to think the vitamin packed sunflower seeds helped keep homosapiens healthy and aided in their survival!

  1. Sunflowers Come in Different Colors

While we think of sunflowers as yellow, there are a wide array of colors. The most notable varieties include copper, red, brown and orange. In particular, red sunflowers are annuals that grow very fast, require little attention and make an ideal selection for flower bouquets and arrangements.

  1. They’ve Been to Outer Space

Yes, in 2012, a US astronaut named Don Pettit brought sunflower seeds on his trip to the International Space Station. While part of a NASA mission, the general theory is Pettit brought the seeds as part of a personal biology experiment.

  1. Sunflowers Last 5-12 Days in a Vase

Many flower arrangements will start to wilt after a few days. While all bouquets look great on day 1, they can start to diminish in liveliness quickly. However, sunflowers last about a week (or slightly more) in a vase as part of an arrangement.

For your next sunflower bouquet, the Farm-Fresh Sunflowers FruitFlowers® Bouquet is a fool-proof way to bring happiness and fun to an ordinary event or occasion. Delivered in a stunning vase, it’s a beautiful gift to brighten new beginnings, celebrate a birthday, and so much more.

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