Sunflowers think, feel and help each other!

Rooting for you: The Guinness World Record for the tallest sunflower is 8.23 metres — about the size of a house.

Should we learn to act like sunflowers? Scientists say that sunflowers work together and share food so that they can all grow. Maybe plants can teach us how to get along with each other.

What’s happening

Scientists say that they have learned something amazing about sunflowers.

Usually, we do not think that plants are very clever. However, we now know that they can work together like us!

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A plant usually sends out lots of little roots to get nutrients from the soil.

However, if another sunflower is living near by, they will grow fewer roots. This is so they do not steal food from their neighbour.

When they share the nutrients fairly, both flowers can grow tall and strong.

Should we learn to behave like sunflowers?

Some say…

No. It is silly to copy flowers. They do not really know what they are doing.

Others think…

Yes. When we work together, we can all achieve more. Sharing is fun because we get to enjoy things together.

You Decide

  1. What is your favourite plant?

Activities

  1. Draw your own garden full of flowers, trees and plants. Use lots of different colours.

Some People Say...

“He that plants trees, loves others besides himself.”

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661), English historian

What do you think?

Word Watch

Nutrients
Food that your body needs to stay healthy.
Neighbour
Someone who lives next door or close by.
Behave
How you act.
Achieve
When you do something well.

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