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Ten Things You Might Not Know About The Sunflower.

Updated on March 20, 2013
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Vincent Van Gogh's "Sunflowers"
Vincent Van Gogh's "Sunflowers"
Vincent Van Gogh's "Sunflowers"

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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    • Veronica Allen profile image

      Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much TattooKitty. I agree. What an awesome and beneficial flower.

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      TattooKitty 6 years ago from Hawaii

      Fantastic sunflower facts- that one about Chernobyl is amazing!! Kudos to a flower that is both beautiful and benefical ;) Voted up!

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      You're so welcome DeBorrah K. Ogans. The sunflower has to be one of my favorite flowers. They are so cheerful and bright - and useful as well.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Veronica Allen,

      Great information. The sunflower reminds me of a living "Happy face!" My husband often enjoys a snack tray of sunflower seeds. Sunflower oil is also great for cooking.

      Thank you this was a cheerful hub!


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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Sarah m Marie. Isn't the sunflower such a happy an bright flower! I see you chose it for your icon picture as well. Thanks for the feeback.

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      Sarah m Marie 8 years ago

      Love sunflowers and love all of your information about them! Great hubs.