Interested in some fun facts about Sunflowers?
- Sunflowers are a symbol of happiness and optimism. They represent longevity, love, and loyalty.
- The name sunflower comes from the Greek Helios “sun” and Anthos “flower.” It got its name because the flowers turn toward the sun.
- Sunflowers can range in height. Sunflowers are regularly classified into two categories: tall and dwarf. Despite popular belief that sunflower plants are giants, some don’t get taller than two feet. The tallest sunflower is over 30 feet!
- The common sunflower is valuable from an economic as well as from an ornamental point of view. The leaves are used as fodder, the flowers yield a yellow dye, and the seeds contain oil and are used for foods. Check out our favorite roasted sunflower seeds recipe!
- Growing sunflowers has evolved beyond food. Today, many people use sunflowers as inspiration for fashion, art, and home decor.
- Sunflowers need a lot of sun and space. The flowers not only look like the sun, but they also need a lot of it. They grow best with about 6-8 hours of sunlight per day, but more is even better. Flowers planted too closely together will compete and not blossom to their full potential.
- There are thousands of tiny flowers that create a sunflower’s head: Each petal on the circumference of a sunflower is a flower itself!
- Sunflowers have traveled to space. In 2012, U.S. astronaut Don Pettit brought along a few companions to the International Space Station: sunflower seeds. Petit blogged about his budding friendship and shared photos of the gardening process.
- Cuddly sunflowers? You read that, right! There is a type of sunflower called the Teddy Bear Sunflower. This type produces double blooms, which gives them a full and fluffy head, resembling that of a stuffed teddy bear!
The Sunflower Patch at Fair Oaks Farms is blooming! Come experience sunflowers yourself!