When you hear the word “sunflower,” only one picture comes to mind.
The sunflower plant has a hairy, thick stem that supports the beautiful bright yellow flower. It also has broad, large leaves which are of oval shape and are arranged alternately.
There are also smaller leaves that are narrower and are attached individually to the stem.
The sunflower is very popular.
In fact, it has different meanings across the world!
One common meaning of this beautiful flower is strength, positivity, and even loyalty.
Sunflower also means good luck in Chinese culture.
That’s why we often see sunflowers being given to special events such as business inaugurations and graduations.
For ancient Greeks, it is believed that sunflowers always face the sun because the nymph Clytie loved Apollo – the God of the Sun.
At first, Apollo loved Clytie, too but soon fell for a nymph named Leucothoe.
Clytie, who was blinded by jealousy, told Leucothoe’s father about Apollo and his daughter’s relationship. Enraged, he punished his daughter by burying her alive.
Soon, Apollo found out about what happened, and he turned Clytie into a flower. Even in this form, the poor nymph still loved Apollo that she would spend all her days watching him from afar.
That’s why sunflowers move to face the sun all the time.
Helianthus is the scientific name of the sunflower. The name comes from the Greek words “helios” which means sun, and “anthus”, which means flower.
Now, the most common sunflower that we know is yellow, right? Did you know that there are different varieties of sunflowers?
In fact, it has more than 70 different varieties!
They come in different sizes and colors, and one of which is the dazzling Strawberry Blonde Sunflowers.
This unique sunflower has a rainbow of colors!
Helianthus annuus or Strawberry Blonde produces up to 5-6 inches across, showing off its multi-color petals during summer.
It boasts a beautiful shade of burgundy, sometimes pinkish petals with a touch of lemony tips, and is accentuated by its dark center.
It typically grows up to 6ft tall and up to 24 inches in width. Like other sunflower varieties, it prefers the warm sun and would thrive in moderately fertile soil.
This type of sunflower is low maintenance and would make any garden beautiful.
In just two to four months after planting them, you would be able to enjoy their beauty. You can get the seeds online at around $3.
Enjoying planting sunflowers?
Then you would be thrilled to know about the Moulin Rouge sunflower as well. It is one of the most unique varieties of sunflowers because of its burgundy red petals.
They don’t fade and are very vibrant!
You can also try to plan the beautiful Teddy Bear Sunflowers, which are also very unique and beautiful.
The fluffy petals of this variety will surely make you fall in love. They can grow up to 2 feet tall and are even edible!
Now, which sunflower do you love the most? Don’t forget to share your garden photos with us!
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