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Plant Name:

Common Sunflower

Scientific Name:

Helianthus annuus


Common Sunflower is an annual plant with large, bright yellow flowers and broad, toothed leaves.


Fields, meadows, prairies, open areas


Common Sunflower attracts a wide variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and birds. The plant provides food and habitat for many insects and birds.

Growing Conditions:

Common Sunflower thrives in full sun and well-drained soils.


Common Sunflower seeds are edible and are often harvested for their oil content. The plant is also cultivated as an ornamental and for its commercial value.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):

Seeds (sunflower seeds) can be eaten raw or used in cooking

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Fun Facts:

Common Sunflower is the state flower of Kansas.

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