Nature Trivia- The Giant Sunflower

The Sunflower's name, Helianthus, comes from two words-- Helios meaning sun, and Anthos, meaning flower. This is because the sunflower tends to follow the sun, its face always turned towards the light.

The sunflower is not just one flower, but a cluster of more then 2000 tiny flowers growing together. If you look closely you will see them. A magnifying glass is especially helpful for seeing the details.


The tallest sunflower grown on record was 25 feet tall and was grown in the Netherlands. The largest sunflower head on record measured 32 1/2 inches across its widest point and was grown in Canada. Wow!

3 comments:

AllyJo's Mama said...

I never knew it was a cluster of 2000 tiny flowers. I want to go buy one now and look at it with a magnifying glass.

Promise Christian Academy said...

You have made a wonderful Blog! Such a nice idea! Hopefully it will inspire my students to do the same :0)I will be back to see what else you find....
Hilda Rebecca

Keri said...

I adore sunflowers!
Wonderful information.