The sky’s the limit for this cheery flower.
German gardner, Hans-Peter Schiffer, has broken his own previous records for the world’s tallest sunflower, Guinness World Records reports, with a bright bloom that stands 30 feet, 1 inch tall.
Springing from the ground in Nordrhein Westfalen, Germany, the towering flower shatters Schiffer’s previous 2013 Guinness world record of 28.7 feet, according to the organization. He also broke the record in 2009 and 2012 for the same achievement, but this past year proved to be his best growing season yet.
"Some sunflowers are already so unbelievable tall, that it could be very possible to get even a taller one," Schiffer told Guinness World Records last year. "I am already very happy."
The time spent tending to the flower wasn’t all sunny days for Schiffer, however. The sunflower grew so tall it required its own scaffolding and help from the local fire department. A thunderstorm sent hailstones down on his gardens, but luckily his sunflowers were spared. "It was a very sad day for me," Schiffer told Guinness World Records, "because the hail destroyed nearly all the leaves. But nevertheless, my sunflowers continued growing."
Schiffer joins a slew of other world record setters who have recently made headlines with their achievements. In early May, a thousand people filled a football stadium in Jinan, China to set a new record for the most people receiving facials. Just weeks later, President Obama broke the record for the fastest time to reach 1 million followers on Twitter. And recently, a 57-year-old retired Marine officer planked for more than five hours to set a new Guinness world record.
The world is full of amazing people! And plants.
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