Re: [gardeners] Re: Sunflowers

George Shirley (
Mon, 24 Jun 2002 20:23:11 -0500

Whoops, too much URL, try this one.

No Urban Legend, they actually do follow the sun. Go to the following web page for some interesting
stuff on sunflowers.


Janni wrote:
> That would be Urban Legend. LOL I am off to do research!! Just found out
> that I have acute glaucoma in my left eye. Bah! So I am researching this
> strange turn of events in my life.
> Janni
> >  I wonder if the whole thing about sunflowers turning isn't a "suburban
> >legend".  Our sunflowers are grown out in the full sun and they follow the
> >brightest light somewhat while still in the bud stage but after they are in
> >full bloom, the heads remain pretty stationary.
> >
> >When your sunflowers follow the sun, do they return along the same arc at
> >night?  Or do they flip back at sunrise to face the rising sun?  Or do they
> >keep on going around to complete the orbit?     Why didn't the plant that
> >turned 360 degrees twist its head off?
> >
> >A few years back, we parked our RV next to a field of sunflowers in bloom in
> >Kansas for 24 hours and those did not follow the sun either.
> >
> >Olin
> >
> >----- Original Message ----- From: "George Shirley" <>
> > >...
> > > My youngest did a science fair experiment in junior high that involved
> >potted sunflowers and sun
> > > lamps. He finally had one plant that turned 360 degrees.
> > >
> > > When we had the two acres of them it was neat to watch them follow the sun
> >across the sky. The field
> > > was oriented east/west and the sunflowers started facing the SE right
> >after dawn and slowly worked
> > > their way to the SW by sunset.