O SUNFLOWER, U.S.
In spite of its name, the Sunflower is not a single flower, but a cluster
of hundreds of tiny five-pointed individual flowers. Native to North
America, it was adopted by Kansas as the "Sunflower State". Today it is
grown worldwide as a basis for edible oily seeds, for health and as an
ornament. Birds begin stealing seeds even 1 to 2 weeks before they are
To experience the beauty of phototropism, bring a piano
chair and sun cream into a Sunflower field and observe how the Sunflower
heads steadily follow the sun's travel from east to the west in a 180-degree
arc. Activated through hydraulic fluid pressure within the cells, it is
basically the same "simple" system we use when pushing down on the pedal to
stop the car!