Sunflower Facts - Knowledgebase Question

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

Answer from NGA
November 18, 1997
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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