Sunflowers (Helianthus)

About Sunflowers

  • Sunflowers are an oil crop that is highly regarded for its ornamental value.
  • Sunflowers grow quickly. These plants mature in 90-100 days. In Illinois, they are typically planted in the spring or early summer (depending on the variety).
  • One crop of sunflowers can yield around 2,000 pounds per acre.

Fast Facts

  • Sunflower Oil (for cooking)
  • Bird Seed
  • Sunflower Seeds (for human consumption)
  • Oils used in the production of cosmetics, paints, and other goods

Uses

  • Sunflowers are native to North America.
  • Some sunflower heads follow the sun from east to west across the sky each day.