Sunflower Plant FAQ’s

Sunflowers are extraordinary plants growing in various forms for a wide range of uses. From healthy food sources to oil or a flower bouquet, this plant is a useful beauty!

Many mammals and insects benefit from the useful properties of the Sunflower plant. Sunflower seeds serve as the main source of edible material from the plant.

Sunflowers (Helianthus) are part of the Asteraceae family consisting of more than 70 different species. Sunflowers vary in forms, having roots in both the annual and perennial families.

Sunflower is an aid in phytoremediation, which means it can clean the soil along with water and air. The sunflower has also been an aid in nuclear radiation due to its extensive healing.

Native to North America this flower has traveled around the world with its healing properties. This is definitely an all-purpose flower with so many different options!

Over 1,000 seeds can grow on one plant and each sunflower is actually 1,000 to 2,000 tiny flowers! I’d say the Sunflower would be a great additive to anyone’s garden whether you just like its beauty, or want to utilize everything else it has to offer.

Do Sunflowers Grow Back After Cutting?

No sunflowers will not grow back after cutting. You might want to grow branching type sunflowers with plenty of heads so you can cut some for a vase and still keep some in the garden.

Can You Plant Sunflower Seeds That You Eat?

If the sunflower seeds have not been roasted there is a good chance you can plant them and they will grow into a sunflower. Sunflowers that are used to produce edible sunflower seeds are usually large single headed flowers so that’s most likely what you’ll get!

Do All Sunflowers Produce Edible Seeds?

No, not all Sunflowers produce edible seeds. Some varieties of Sunflowers are grown for non-edible Sunflower seed oil that are used in the production of hydraulics, lubricants and bio-fluids, consisting of edible and non-edible oils.

Alternately, you also have the “weed varieties” of Sunflowers which only serve as a food source to animals, insects, and other kinds of wildlife.


Branching varieties of Sunflowers are a popular source of food for wildlife so planting them in an open area is not a bad idea, that is of course, if you don’t mind the wildlife.

You can also add the sunflowers to your garden bed or as a boarder and be happy to know they will come back each year.

Do Sunflower Plants Spread?

Some Sunflowers grow as single stems with one flower head and other types are known as branching sunflowers or multi-headed sunflowers. Branching type sunflower plants spread out more than single stem.

Sunflower plants also spread in a garden area year after year through seed dispersal. The Jerusalem Artichoke is a type of sunflower that spreads aggressively through its root system. Read more about it here “Different Types & Varieties of Sunflowers

Do Sunflowers Come Back Year After Year?

Like many other plant species, sunflowers have a variety of different families including annual and perennial flowers. The most common Sunflower species are annuals which will not grow back but perennial varieties of sunflower will grow back year after year.

Annual sunflowers are North American native that now grow around the world. Usually known for their vibrant yellow color, there are sunflower varieties that grow in a variety of colors from pale yellow to bright red.

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