Flower Files: Sunflowers

Amy Darling

Scientific name: Helianthus annuus
Origin: Sunflowers are native to the Americas.
Environment: They're grown predoninantly in plains, prairies, and meadows. 
Size: Sunflowers are one of the fastest growing plants. On average, they grow up to 8-12 feet within six months.
Composition: The head of a sunflower is made up of 1,000 to 2,000 individual flowers that are joined at the base and can contain up to 2,000 seeds.
Health Benefits: Sunflowers are good for the skin - they are rich in vitamins A, B, C and E. and contain anti-aging properties that fight off free radicals.
Edible?: Yes. Sunflower seeds!
Other facts: 
Kansas has been nicknamed The Sunflower State.
Often planted to absorb toxins from the soil.

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