Last week the boys and I set out to McKee Besher’s Wildlife Management Area to experience miles of lovely sunflower fields. Did you know that these things of beauty originated in North America? There are over 60 different species of sunflowers, with most of them found in open areas in the Great Plains. Even though the flower looks like a single flower, it actually hosts hundreds of tiny flowers called florets. The florets are the little brown specs found within the center of the flower.
Sunflower fields, sun setting
Here are a few fun facts about this amazing flower:
1. The sunflower grows between 5 to 12 feet tall.
2. State flower of Kansas and national flower of Russia.
3. In order for sunflowers to reach their max height they require full sunlight.
4. The tallest sunflower on record was over 25 feet tall (in the Netherlands). Wow!
5. Sunflower uses: the seeds are edible, the roasted seeds can be used as coffee substitute, the oil can be extracted and used for making soap and cooking, and the pith of the stalk have been used to make life preservers
Have a wonderful labor day weekend!
What have you been up to this week? This week I’m getting out there and linking up to Life Rearranged, This or That Thursday, Shoot, Edit, Submit, Favorite Photo Friday, On Snap, Photo Friday, Essence of Now.