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August 26, 2021 4 min read

Sunflowers are one of the most mood-lifting flowers you can have in your yard. They're vividly colored, large, and appealing to various pollinators, attracting pleasant animals to your garden while benefiting the environment. You're helping yourself and the planet by planting sunflowers, and what could be a better mood enhancer than that? Sunflowers are a cheerful sight to see in their entire brilliant splendor, but there's more to their nature than simply beauty. Healthy food, valuable oil, and bird seeds are all delivered by multifunctional plants.

Sunflowers are often associated with fields of tall, bright yellow blooms that appear to be as bright as the sun itself, but they can also be purple, orange, red, or a combination of these colors. Not all of them are tall and long, but there are dwarf kinds that only reach a height of approximately afoot. Here are some more interesting facts about these brightly colored plants.

·       Sunflower seeds as a healthy & tasty snack:

Sunflower seeds are a popular snack at baseball games, as fans and players eat them all game long. Several schools also recommend them as a nut-free option. The shelled seeds can be sprinkled over salads or mixed into meals and added to bread and other baked items. Sunflower seeds are abundant in protein, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and vitamin E and are delicious. So, the next time you need a nutritious snack, grab a handful of sunflower seeds and start cracking.

·       Sunflowers need a high amount of sunlight:

Sunflowers are named by the fact that they require sunshine to flourish. The flowers not only resemble the sun, but they also need a lot of it. They thrive on approximately six to eight hours of sunlight every day, but more is much better. Flower buds also exhibit heliotropism, a unique characteristic in which they progressively migrate to follow the sun's location in the sky as it moves from east to west during the day.

In the morning, the flower buds and young flowers will face east, and as the earth moves over the day, they will follow the sun. The stems will harden as the blooms become heavier during seed development, and the mature flower heads will typically face east.

·       Healing properties:

The phenolic chemicals, flavonoids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and vitamins in sunflower seeds and sprouts provide important antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, wound-healing, and cardiovascular effects. It is used to cure various diseases in ethnomedicine, including heart disease, bronchial, laryngeal, and lung infections, coughs and colds, and whooping cough.

The flowers were supposed to relieve chest discomfort in Mexico. Several Native American tribes endorsed the plant's healing qualities. The Cherokee used a sunflower leaf infusion to cure renal problems, while the Dakota used it to treat "chest discomfort and pulmonary problems."

·       Thousands of Tiny Flowers Create a Sunflower:

A single sunflower head is composed of smaller blooms. Ray florets are the petals on the exterior of the flower, and these can not replicate. The seeds develop in the disc florets in the centre, which have both male and female sex organs, and each generates a source. They may self-pollinate or accept pollen carried by the wind or insects.

·       Self-Pollination:

Sunflowers are commonly pollinated by attracting bees, who transport self-created pollen to the stigma. A sunflower plant can self-pollinate to reproduce if the stigma does not receive pollen. The stigma can spin around to obtain its pollen. Self-pollination seeds will develop to be identical to the original sunflower plant.

·       Reduce Cholesterol Levels:

According to an American Heart Association research, eating more polyunsaturated fats lowers cholesterol levels. Sunflower oil, a high-polyunsaturated-fat meal, is a beautiful substitute for butter and offers a slew of health advantages. Long-chain fatty acids, which are essential for human health, are also provided by polyunsaturated fats.

·       Sunflowers are associated with Apollo:

There is a variety of meanings and symbols associated with Sunflowers. Some are based on the tale of Clytie and Apollo, the sun god, from Greek mythology. Apollo, who Clytie already smote, was impressed by the beauty of a king's princess named Leucothoe one day. Although Lecucothe's father forbade her from meeting Apollo, he did not prevent Apollo from visiting her.

Clytie was jealous of Apollo and Leucothoe. One night he found them together and informed Lecuothe's father. Her father gets angry, and he ordered to be buried Leucothoe alive. To avoid having to look at Clytie again, Apollo transformed her into a sunflower.

·       Sunflowers has 70 species:

Helianthus has about 70 different species. Three are from South America, while the others are from North and Central America. On the other side, Ukraine and Russia are the leading producers of sunflower seeds, producing 15 and 13 million tones of seeds each year, respectively! As their scientific name suggests, Helianthus sunflowers come in various forms and sizes, with some being tall and others small. Dwarf sunflowers are the smallest and generally grow in bunches. Sunflowers come in a variety of hues. Sunflowers are not always yellow, but they come in various colors, including yellow, red, orange, and purple.

·       Oilseed Sunflowers:

The oilseed sunflower is the most widely cultivated. The hulls of these seeds are completely enclosed in solid black shells. Because of their thin bodies and high-fat content, black oilseeds are a popular bird diet. Because black oilseeds are generally grown for oil extraction, it's doubtful that you'll see them packaged for human consumption.

·       Non-oilseed Sunflowers:

Sunflower seed production for human use is classified as non-oilseed. The striped hulls protect these seeds. The sunflower plant's non-oilseeds grow on the flower crown. Sunflower seeds are abundant in Vitamin E and selenium, both of which assist in avoiding chronic illness, according to health line.

·       Sola wood Sunflowers:

Sola wood sunflowers are artificial blooms made from shola sheets obtained from the bark of the balsa tree wood. These flowers are naturally available in ivory color; they are soft and very pliable. Coloring these sola wood sunflowers is a fun activity, and you can easily dye these sunflowers with acrylic paints.

Every sunflower is handmade, and these wooden blooms are great for weddings, home décor, and DIY floral projects.

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