Sunflower Facts - Knowledgebase Question

Vasa, AL
Question by Lottalinde
November 18, 1997
Could you send me some facts about sunflowers for a school project?


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Answer from NGA
November 18, 1997

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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.
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!

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!

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