We’ve all tried to grow them in our gardens, and you’re probably already aware of their main uses. But did you know these five cool facts?
Not all sunflowers are yellow
That’s right, they can be purple or red.
They range in potential height
There are two categories – Tall & Dwarf
In special circumstances, with the right care tall sunflowers reach 12 to 16 feet in height. However most don’t make it there. Dwarfs sunflowers will rarely grow past 3 feet. These smaller flowers grow in clusters and do well in small gardens and pots.
Flowers that follow the sun
When sunflowers are young they track the suns movement across the sky to help them grow. But as they mature, they stop doing it and face east to warm up faster and attract pollinators.
Sunflowers are made up of thousands of flowers
The head of a sunflower is made up of hundreds or even thousands of small flowers depending on its size.
Sunflowers sometimes self-pollinate
If a sunflower doesn’t get pollinated by passing bees, the stigma can twist around to reach it’s very own pollen.
A blessing for many reasons, and there are loads of other fun facts about them. So go and add them to your garden or pop them in bouquets around your home.
Don’t fancy growing flowers? Try growing these easy vegetables.