Sunflowers are false flowers

The head of a sunflower is actually hundreds of smaller flowers working together to attract pollinators. Each large yellow petal is its own individual flower, and the bits in the middle are tiny five-pointed flowers if you look closely.

Sunflowers share this property with the rest of the family Asteraceae, including daisies, dahlias, dandilions, and dozens of “damned yellow composites“. The heads of these plants can be called inflorescences, or flower clusters.