altI am native to the Central Americas and was first domesticated in Mexico, by at least 2600 BC.

My Latin name comes from the Greek words helios, sun, and anthos, which means flower.
In Peru, the Aztecs worshipped me by placing my image in their temples and crowning princesses with my bright yellow flowers.
My face contains up to 3,000 individual flowers – each develops into a seed. The seeds are arranged in two sets of spirals, with the number of spirals usually either 21 and 34, 34 and 55, 55 and 89, or 89 and 144 – numbers which are next to each other in the Fibonacci sequence.

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My wild ancestors originated in Afghanistan over 3000 years ago

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I originated in the South American Andes mountains

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I originated in Southern Europe and Western Asia around 2000 BC ago

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I come from the Andes Mountains and was first cultivated about 7,000 years ago.

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I originated in South and Central Asia dating back to 3500 BC.

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Scientists are unsure whether I originated in Central Asia, Ethiopia or the Mediterranean.

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My wild ancestors are fond throughout Asia and Europe.

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I originated in Persia (modern day Iran) and spread to China around 600AD.

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My small wild ancestors are found in temperate areas all over the Old World.

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I am native to the Central Americas and was first domesticated in Mexico, by at least 2600 BC.

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I am native to the Americas and was cultivated by the Aztecs as early as 700 AD.

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