What if you could crown just one flower queen of the summer flowers? You’d definitely choose the majestic sunflower! Did you know that in nature the flower turns with the sun during the day? She doesn’t want to miss a single ray and at night the flower turns back towards the east. We call this phenomenon heliotropism.
Colours and shapes
Alongside the familiar yellow sunflower, you can also choose orange, brown, cream and dark red versions. There’s also plenty of variety when it comes to shape: there are sunflowers with large or small flowers, with a single row of petals or with multiple rings of petals. Whichever you choose, sunflowers undoubtedly guarantee a healthy dose of summer sunshine.
The sunflower often symbolises the sun and love. In Greek mythology the nymph Clytia fell head over heels in love with the sun god Apollo. Although Clytia was very beautiful, Apollo did not reciprocate her love. As a result Clytia died of a broken heart, was transformed into a sunflower and therefore constantly follows the sun in order to be able to see her sun god.
The sunflower originates from North and South America. Native Americans ate the flower’s seeds with beans, sweetcorn and squashes. Did you know that the sunflower’s official name is Helianthus? A combination of the Greek words ‘helios’ (sun) and ‘anthos’ (flower).
Bouquet inspiration with sunflowers
Radiant sunflowers are ideal for making a bouquet explode and glow. First, create a lively bouquet with Calla and Statice, and tie it with string. The string remains visible, so choose something attractive. Then place the sunflowers around it in a big hug. Wrap a cheerful coloured piece of tape around this to keep everything together and to lend a fun finishing touch to the bouquet. Obviously this bouquet requires a transparent vase so you can enjoy it from top to bottom! Sound complicated? Your florist will be glad to help.