Sunflower plants are worth growing for a variety of reasons: attracts pollinators, as in a butterfly garden, is a tall strong plant, provides food for people and wildlife and has a beautiful yet simple flower-head.
Botanically called Helianthus annuus, the sunflower is an annual plant in the United States. Referred to as a native, the seeds of the plant were brought over from Europe in the 1700s. Today, sunflowers are grown by children in their first gardens and as an agricultural crop in Kansas.
A popular Native American planting incorporates corn, beans and squash in a vegetable garden. Gardeners like to add sunflower plants to this mix. The big flowers will attract pollinators, like bees, to their gardens.
Simple sunflower plants will lead you back to stay gardening with just a few seeds.