When Sunflowers Stop Following the Sun

Take time to read this, quite simply brilliant writing.

InkBlots and IceBergs

“She’d seen a video of a young sunflower turning its head from east to west to follow the sun and then, in the darkness of the night, eerily ratcheting back to face east. The moment the sun rose, the sunflower was ready.

‘That plant,’ she remembers thinking, ‘seems to know when and where the sun is going to rise.'”

~ Veronique Greenwood, The Atlantic

From an early age, I’ve known that sunflowers turn their heads to follow the sun throughout the day. I remember it was a teacher who saw 7-year-old me looking at a sunflower bloom one afternoon who told me that fact. I didn’t believe it at first, but the next day I returned to the same bloom and saw that sure enough, its head had turned to face the sun.

I was fascinated. How a plant was able to do so—to move as if it knew

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