Ten Things You Might Not Know About The Sunflower.
Capable of transplanting the sun in our homes and gardens, the Sunflower is the quintessential flower of sunshine and cheer.
In addition to enjoying their tasty seeds or excellent cooking oils, there are several interesting facts about this stunning feat of nature.
Here are ten things you might not know about the luminous Sunflower...
1.) Two and half acres of Sunflowers may yield from 50 to 100 pounds of honey.
2.) A sunflower's center may produce from 100 to 8,000 seeds.
3.) There are dozens of species of Sunflowers.
4.) The original home of the Sunflower, extended from Central America to what is now southern Canada.
5.) The stalks of the Sunflower, are used in making paper and other products.
6.) Both the leaves and flowers of the Sunflower, are heliotropic - oriented by sunlight (until they reach full bloom). Enabling it to turn and face the sun!
7.) Sunflower oil is used in the manufacturing of industrial motor oil.
8.) Sunflower oil has been used as an ingredient in baby-care products, lip balm, shampoo, hand cream, and body lotion.
9.) Of the two species normally cultivated for agricultural use, one type is used for livestock feed and in the production of alcohol and sugar.
10.) At the Chernobyl reactor near Kiev, Sunflowers soaked up 95% of the radioactive strontium and cesium within ten days!
Cheery, warm and bright, the Sunflower is truly a marvel to behold.
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