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Helianthus annuus


The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas. It possesses a large flowering head, and its name is derived from the flower's shape and image, which is often used to depict the sun. The plant has a rough, hairy stem, broad, coarsely toothed, rough leaves and circular heads of flowers. The heads consist of many individual flowers which mature into seeds, often in the hundreds. From the Americas, sunflower seeds were brought to Europe in the 16th century, where, along with sunflower oil, they became a widespread cooking ingredient. Leaves of the sunflower can be used as cattle feed, while the stems contain a fibre which may be used in paper production.


These grow in gardens all around North America. This seedling will be planted in my garden in our back yard.


This is a sunflower seedling that is currently growing in my kitchen window. I planted this 3 weeks ago at Cubs and I'm going to transfer it to our garden this week-end. by Caleb

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Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Lat: 45.95, Long: -66.65

Spotted on May 30, 2013
Submitted on May 30, 2013

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