How did the sunflower get its name?

Tall Plant

The sunflower gets its name from its habit of facing the sun.  Sunflowers are tall plants.  They have yellow flowers with large brown centers which are full of seeds that are good to eat.

The sunflower gets its name from its habit of facing the sun as it moves from east to west during the day.  The golden-rayed flower also bears a resemblance to sun.

The sun loving sunflower can be found growing in many of the sunny parts of the world.  Its tall, hairy stalk may grow to be 6 to 10 feet high, while the golden sunbursts flowers can measure nearly a food across.

Farmers grow sunflowers for the seeds, which can be roasted and eaten like peanuts.  The seeds, as well as the large, drooping leaves, make good food for cattle and poultry.

In the United States, the common sunflower has become a symbol of the hot, sunny, summer days on the prairies.  It is the state flower of Kansas and gives the state its nickname, the “Sunflower State” –Dick Rogers

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