Its story has the historical and continental sweep of a Hollywood epic, from the pre-European Americas to Tsarist Russia and back again. Here is the tale of the peripatetic sunflower, accompanied by some stunning photography.
Yet no one would have guessed what the future of the sunflower held – and the travels it would endure.
Let's just recap - we have produced a map below to track the sunflower's journey. It's not brilliant (apologies my PowerPoint skills may not be what they should be!) but it does include all the major elements of this astounding journey.