9 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Sunflowers
When it comes to these classic yellow blooms, there’s way more than meets the eye.
1. Each sunflower is actually thousands of teeny flowers.
The iconic yellow petals and fuzzy brown centers are actually individual flowers themselves. As many as 2,000 can make up the classic sunflower bloom.
2. You should harvest sunflowers in the morning, not the afternoon.
Planning to clip a few to display in a vase? If you wait until the afternoon, they may wilt.
3. Sunflowers are native to the Americas and were domesticated around 1000 B.C.
Even way back when, people saw the value in growing sunflowers, which are still harvested for sunflower seeds (and the oil you can make from them) today. In 2014, 1.7 million acres were planted in the United States, the USDA reports. The majority of those were found in North Dakota.