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Sunflower (lat. Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant, whose botanical name Heliantus comes from the Greek words (Greek helios - sun and Greek anthos - flower) from the family Asteraceae.
Sunflower is the largest plant in the Heliantus family. Its root can penetrate up to 3 meters in depth. Due to its roots and ability to absorb water and harmful substances, sunflower is often used to drain wetlands and clean contaminated soil. The tree is 50-250 cm high. The tree is of varying degrees of branching; leaves large, simple, coarse, rough, often covered with hard hairs, with a long stalk, opposite or alternate. Flowers-crowns very large, on long stalks, of several rows, usually yellow-colored leaves. The flower disk is spirally arranged.
Sunflower originates from the southwestern part of America, Peru and Mexico. There is evidence that sunflowers were grown 3,000 years ago by North American Indians, who ground seeds into flour and added them to bread and made sunflower oil.
At the beginning of the 16th century, missionaries transferred it from America to Europe, and already in the 17th century, its cultivation spread throughout Europe.

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