Fun Facts about Sunflowers
Sunflowers, like many other members of the daisy family, (Asteraceae) follow the sun’s movement in the morning from east to west in the evening when they’re growing and developing in a plant behavior called heliotropism.
An amazing trait is that sunflowers can easily grow 8 to 12 feet in four to six months. The tallest one ever recorded measured over 30 feet tall.
Sunflower heads are made of thousands of tiny, individual flowers. Each outer yellow petals are individual undeveloped flowers.
Sunflowers can help soil become healthier. Russia and Japan have used sunflowers for years to draw out toxins and heavy metals from contaminated soil.