Kansas’s nickname is the Sunflower State largely because of the fact that the state’s identity is tied to its geographic location in the Great Plains. Kansas is located in the center of the United States. It is part of the Great Plains area. This area was a huge prairie before Europeans came to the continent. Today, it is America’s “breadbasket” with tremendous amounts of grains being grown in Kansas and surrounding states. Before people started to farm Kansas intensively, wild sunflowers were a very visible part of its prairie ecology. This is why the state chose the sunflower as its symbol. It wants to emphasize its identity as a prairie state.
Kansas is known as the "Sunflower State" because of the abundance of sunflowers that grow around the state.