6 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Sunflowers!

Monday Sep 06, 2021 By: Samantha

6 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Sunflowers!

Sunflowers are an iconic late-summer bloom. Bright and cheerful, there is no better flower for spreading sunny joy. From our Juno hand-tied bouquet, to the Sonny arrangement, our team at Westmount Florist absolutely loves using sunflowers to create unique bouquets and arrangements. Here are a few facts about these large blooms that make them even more awesome!

Sunflowers are Made of Multiple Flowers

From looking at one, you might think that a sunflower is just a single bloom. However, each large flowerhead is actually made of up to two thousand florets (mini flowers). These florets are packed with nectar, making them a great treat for the bees!

There are Many Varieties of Sunflower

The most common and well-known sunflower is the Helianthus Annus which has yellow petals and a large brown center. But, did you know that there are over 70 different species in the Helianthus family - all of which are native to North and Central America! In addition to the traditional yellow sunflower, there are also red and white varieties. Not all sunflowers are shaped the same either, some have ruffled, fluffy blooms.

At Westmount Florist, we carry the yellow and brown centered variety of sunflower. Check out our available bouquets and arrangments that include sunflowers here.

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Sunflowers Follow the Sun

Sunflowers have their own biological clocks that help them follow the sun as they move from east to west during the day. At night, the flower heads return to their original position and get ready to start again in the morning! They do this as young plants, as it helps them to grow properly. Once fully grown, they stay facing east as this attracts bees and other pollinators.

Sunflowers in Greek Mythology

In Greek mythology, the sunflower is associated with the myth of Clytie and Helios. Clytie was a water nymph who was in love with the sun god Helios. When Helios left her, Clytie watched him crossing the sky in his golden chariot for days, without any food or water. Eventually, she was transformed into a sunflower, and it’s said this is why sunflowers always face the sun!

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Sunflowers can Grow to Extraordinary Heights

Standard sunflowers reach a height of between 6 to 10 feet on average, but they can get much much bigger! The tallest sunflower ever recorded was 30 feet and needed some pretty major support-scaffolding to keep it stable. It was grown by Hans-Peter Schiffer in Germany, who had already broken the world record three times before!

Sunflowers Help Keep our Planet Clean

Sunflowers have the ability to absorb toxins, including toxic metals and radiation. In scientific terms, they’re ‘hyperaccumulators’ which means they can absorb much more of these contaminants than other plants. Following nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl and Fukushima, scientists planted millions of sunflowers to help the land recover. They have also been planted in areas with high concentrations of lead. Thanks, sunflowers!

Looking to send some sunflowers? Check out our sunflower collection! We offer same-day delivery within in the greater Montreal area for orders placed before 12pm.

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