The State Flowers of Kansas: the Sunflower
Flower of Kansas
Kansas, known for its Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz, is really also quite famous for its state flower, the sunflower. This flower with a gigantic flowering head, also called the inflorescence, is one of its features that have made this blossom very famous and well loved by the people of Kansas.
This state is situated in the mid-western area of the United States. It is said that the Kansas River is where it got its name from, which flows through the state. Some say the Kansa tribe also contributed to its present name since they inhabited the area then. The tribe's name is said to stand for "people of the wind" or "people of the south wind".
People of Kansas are called "Kansans".
After the Civil War, the population of Kansas exploded when waves of immigrants turned this plain grassland into valuable farmland. Today it is said that Kansas is one of the most productive and developed agricultural states, producing several crops, not to mention the leading nation growing sunflower, wheat, and sorghum in most recent years.
Looking at the not so bright side of this state, it is also known for its tornadoes. It is said that it had the most numbers of tornadoes starting in 1950 all throughout 2006, compared to any other states, except, of course, for Texas.
Not only that, but it also has the most reported F5 tornadoes, along with Alabama - that has been reported compared to any other state. If you are wondering, F5 means the strongest and most powerful of all tornadoes that have been reported. Another little bit of information is that Kansas averages around fifty tornadoes in a year.
Now you would wonder how this frequently 'visited' state would also have a very sunny flower as its state symbol, but it is fact: the Sunflower is the Kansas State Flower.
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