The Q&A Archives: Sunflower Facts

Question: Could you send me some facts about sunflowers for a school project?

Answer: Most sunflowers are native to North America (a few are native to South America). They belong to the genus Helianthus. There are many different species; the common garden variety goes by the botanical name Helianthus annuus.<br>Jerusalem artichokes also belong to the genus Helianthus; they are often cultivated for their edible tubers. And of course lots of folks grow sunflowers for their edible seeds--enjoyed by both humans, birds, and small mammals alike!<br><br>Most sunflowers are grown as annuals; there are also some perennial varieties. If there is any specific information you need, please submit another question. And good luck with your project!<br><br>

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