Sunflower

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  • any plant of the genus Helianthus having large flower heads with dark disk florets and showy yellow rays

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  • any plant of the genus Helianthus having large flower heads with dark disk florets and showy yellow rays

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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 (capitulum). The stem of the flower can grow up to 3 metres tall, with a flower head that can be 30 cm wide. Other types of sunflowers include the California Royal Sunflower, which has a burgundy (red + purple) flower head.

The flower head is actually an inflorescence made of hundreds or thousands of tiny flowers called florets. The central florets look like the centre of a normal flower, and the outer florets look like yellow petals. All together they make up a "false flower" or pseudanthium. The benefit to the plant is that it is very easily seen by the insects and birds which pollinate it, and it produces thousands of seeds.

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 Sample Sentences in News


  • South Dakota leading sunflower state for 2nd straight year
    While Kansas is nicknamed the Sunflower State, South Dakota keeps making the case for itself, having nabbed the top sunflower-producing spot in three of the last four years. For the second-straight year ... Read more on this news related to 'Sunflower'
  • Sunflower Financial and First Western Financial Announce Mutual Termination of Merger Agreement
    Kansas-based Sunflower Financial, Inc. and Colorado-based First Western Financial, Inc. today announced the mutual termination of their definitive m Read more on this news related to 'Sunflower'
  • Sunflower production for 2014 up 10 percent over last year
    Sunflower production in 2014 was lower than it was originally estimated, but still well above last year’s production numbers. Read more on this news related to 'Sunflower'

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