Sunflower Plant Facts

Our Sunflower plant facts for kids will give you lots of amazing and interesting facts about sunflower plants.


✍ Did you know, the world record for the most heads on a sunflower plant is 837 (according to the Guinness World Record). This means that Melvin Hemker (USA) grew 837 flowers on only one sunflower plant.

The French word for sunflower is “tournesol,” which means “turns with the sun.”

Below, we have prepared a list of best interesting facts about Sunflower plant. Maybe some of them you will already know but some Sunflower facts will definitely surprise you. 

FACT 1. The scientific name of Sunflower is “Helianthus”.
“Helia” for Sun + “Anthus” for Flower.

FACT 2. ➤ Like potatoes, tomatoes, and corn, the sunflower plant is native to North America.

FACT 3. ➤ The Tallest Sunflower is Over 30 Feet confirmed by Guinness World Records on August 28, 2014.

FACT 4. ➤ Sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine and is the state flower of Kansas.

FACT 5. ➤ During the day, the young sunflower follows the direction of the sun across the sky from east to west. This process is known as heliotropism.

FACT 6. ➤ At night, the plants turn to face east to start their journey with the sun.

FACT 7. ➤ The mature flower heads will generally remain facing east.

FACT 8. ➤ The movement of the sunflowers is due to uneven growth, One side of the stem elongates during the day and another side during the night.

FACT 9. ➤ There Are Thousands of Tiny Flowers That Create a Sunflower’s Head. The outside petals are called ray florets, and they cannot reproduce.

FACT 10. ➤ A single sunflower can have up to 2000 seeds.

FACT 11. ➤ Most people know is sunflowers are yellow. But they can even be red and purple!

FACT 12. ➤ Sunflowers are the symbol of faith, loyalty, and adoration.

FACT 13. ➤ Sunflower seeds traveled to space In 2012, the U.S., with astronaut Don Pettit. More plants in the space.

FACT 14. ➤ There are about 70 species of sunflowers.

FACT 15. ➤ Sunflower were brought to Russia by royalty.

Hope you enjoyed the sunflower plant facts for kids.

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