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Sunflowers don't always face the sun, copyright Picturejockey : Navin Harish 2005-2013

5th June 2013

Sunflowers don't always face the sun

I was made to believe that the sunflowers always face the sun and throughout the day, they keep turning to keep up with the sun. While this information is not vital/critical/important enough form me to verify and cross check, I did managed to find out that this is not the truth during my trip to Nangal. On the way I saw a lot of sunflower fields and all the sunflowers there had their back to the sun. The flowers were facing south which I guess is the best direction to get maximum sun at this time of the year in this part of the world. Since they can't turn to keep facing the sun, they have found the next best solution. The sun flowers, afterall, are not blessed with necks instead of stems.

Further contradicting the theory of sunflowers facing the sun is a variety that droops. It is preferred by the farmers as it minimises the damage caused by the birds and is resistent to some diseases. Now there is a sunflower that apparently doesn't give a shit where the sun is.

"Can you please pass me my sun block?"