Fresh sunflower, sunny summer queen. What if you could crown one flower the queen of summer flowers? Then surely you would choose the majestic sunflower! Did you know that in nature, the flower turns with the sun during the day? It doesn't want to miss a ray... At night, the flower bud returns to the east, waiting for its beloved sun. Heliotropism is what we call this phenomenon. Extraordinary, isn't it?
COLOURS AND SHAPES
We know the sunflower mainly as the yellow beauty, but there are also orange, brown, cream and dark red versions. There is also plenty of variation when it comes to shape: there are sunflowers with large or small flowers, with a single row of petals or with several whorls. Whichever appearance you choose, the sunflower guarantees a good dose of summer feeling.
The sunflower often symbolises the sun and love. In Greek mythology, the nymph Clytia falls madly in love with the sun god Apollo. Although Clytia was very beautiful, Apollo did not reciprocate her love. The result: Clytia died of misery, turning into a sunflower and thus constantly turning with the sun to face her sun god. So this happy flower has a very romantic but dramatic lovestory
The sunflower is native to North and South America. Indians there ate the seeds from the flower along with beans, corn and pumpkins. Today, people and animals still feast on sunflower seeds. By the way, did you know that the official name of the sunflower is Helianthus? A conflation of the Greek helios (sun) and anthos (flower).