IT'S SUNFLOWER SEASON!

By Betsy Mejia

July 23, 2018

Sunflowers, with their large faces, are a popular choice to use in arrangements - and masterpieces. Here they are featured in Van Gogh's Sunflower Series  

They earn their name not only by their sunny appearance, but also, while in the field, they turn to face the sun (Heliotropism). Sunflowers symbolize adoration, loyalty and strength. In other cultures, they have different meanings. For example, in China they symbolize long life, good fortune and vitality. For Native Americans, they represent harvest, bounty and provision. Provision? Yes, the seeds were eaten/ground, pigment derived from the flower and its oil used medicinally. Additionally, the stems were used for flotation. Inca Priestesses wore the bold bloom as crowns in worship rituals.

Sunflowers are traditionally used in arrangements celebrating a 3rd Wedding Anniversary.

Archeologists believe sunflowers were domesticated/cultivated before corn. There are 70 species in the genus Helianthus, including the Goldie, also known as the Puffball sunflower. 

They earn their name not only by their sunny appearance, but also, while in the field, they turn to face the sun (Heliotropism). Sunflowers symbolize adoration, loyalty and strength. In other cultures, they have different meanings. For example, in China they symbolize long life, good fortune and vitality. For Native Americans, they represent harvest, bounty and provision. Provision? Yes, the seeds were eaten/ground, pigment derived from the flower and its oil used medicinally. Additionally, the stems were used for flotation. Inca Priestesses wore the bold bloom as crowns in worship rituals.

Sunflowers are traditionally used in arrangements celebrating a 3rd Wedding Anniversary.

Archeologists believe sunflowers were domesticated/cultivated before corn. There are 70 species in the genus Helianthus, including the Goldie, also known as the Puffball sunflower.  

The traditional color yellow symbolizes vitality, intelligence, happiness and friendship. However, sunflowers can vary in color from creamy white to deep red. And they can vary in height as well, from a dwarf size upward to 16'

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