Sunflowers are false flowers

Sunflowers are false flowers

The "flower" part of a sunflower isn’t a single flower, it’s a boatload of individual flowers that just grow in that arrangement.

What appear to be "petals" of an individual flower, are actually each individual complete ray flowers, and at the center is a dense pack of individual tiny disc flowers.

Wikipedia [1]

A cluster of flowers (like a hydrangea or a lupin) is called an inflorescence, and an inflorescence that looks like a flower is called a pseudanthium. The flower head of a sunflower is a pseudanthium, and it turns out that daisies are as well!


  1. Pseudanthium. Wikipedia. ↩︎