3 Facts You Didn't Know About Sunflowers

Sunny and cheerful, these iconic blooms look just like small-scale suns. Do you love sunflowers? Here are simply a few facts about them that make them all the more extraordinary.

Sunflowers are incredibly useful
Sunflowers were grown as food in North America before other crops such as corn became commonplace. Sunflowers were milled to create flour, and their seeds were roasted and eaten. As is still the case today, sunflower oil was used in frying. The oil and pigments could also be used for various cosmetic applications such as dyes, and the stalk could be used in construction.

Sunflowers can get really tall
On average, normal sunflowers reach a height of between 7 to 10 feet, but they can get much bigger. The tallest sunflower ever recorded was 30 feet, and needed some rather sophisticated scaffolding to keep it stable.

Sunflowers can clean the world
Sunflowers have a astonishing ability to absorb toxins, including toxic metals and radiation. Following nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl and Fukushima, scientists planted millions of sunflowers to help the land recover. Sunflower also been planted in areas with high concentrations of lead.

Sunflowers can absorb much more of these contaminants than other plants. It’s believed plants develop this ability partly to make them less tempting as a snack for herbivores.

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