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Sunflower Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    sunflower n : any plant of the genus Helianthus having large flower heads with dark disk florets and showy yellow rays [syn: helianthus]
Sunflower Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Sunflower \Sun"flow`er\, n. Any plant of the genus Helianthus; -- so called probably from the form and color of its flower, which is large disk with yellow rays. The commonly cultivated sunflower is Helianthus annuus, a native of America.

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Sunflower Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant in the family Asteraceae, with a large flower head (inflorescence). The stem of the flower can grow up to 3 metres tall, with a flower head that can be 30 cm wide.

Birds and other animals enjoy eating sunflower seeds. Humans like to eat them too, although not all kinds, and often they are covered with chocolate, salt, or honey. Other types of sunflowers include the California Royal Sunflower, which has a burgundy (red + purple) flower head.

The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas. That is why Kansas is sometimes called the Sunflower State. To grow well, sunflowers need full sun. They grow best in fertile, wet, well-drained soil with a lot of mulch. In commercial planting, seeds are planted 45 cm (1.5 ft) apart and 2.5 cm (1 in) deep. Sunflower "whole seed" (fruit) are sold as a snack food, after roasting in ovens, with or without salt added. Sunflowers can be processed into a peanut butter alternative, Sunbutter. In Germany, it is mixed together with rye flour to make Sonnenblumenkernbrot (literally: sunflower whole seed bread), which is quite popular in German-speaking Europe. It is also sold as food for birds and can be used directly in cooking and salads. Sunflower oil, extracted from the seeds, is used for cooking, as a carrier oil and to produce margarine and biodiesel, as it is cheaper than olive oil. A range of sunflower varieties exist with differing fatty acid compositions; some 'high oleic' types contain a higher level of healthy monounsaturated fats in their oil than Olive oil.

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  • EU Sunflower Production Outlook Raised by Oil World After Rain
    The sunflower seed harvest in the European Union may be larger than previously expected after crops received ample rain amid mild weather, Oil World said. Read more on this news related to 'Sunflower'
  • Sunflower Project inspires individuality, community | Arts & Culture
    From a distance, it appeared that a large sun was smiling over Krutch Park. A closer look, however, revealed the bright yellow sun to be hundreds of sunflowers, woven together by participants in this year's Labor Day Sunflower Project. Shelagh Leutwiler, a local gardener and artist, got involved with ... Read more on this news related to 'Sunflower'
  • There’s a trick to eating those sunflower seeds
    Take it from me, there’s a way to eat sunflower seeds while driving long distances. And there’s also a way NOT to eat sunflower seeds when driving anywhere. I’m sure there are tons of folks who live in Central Iowa who drive almost anywhere with a bag of sunflower seeds at their side. I’m one […] Read more on this news related to 'Sunflower'

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