Sunflower or Helianthus

Availability: June - October

Common Names: Sun Flower
Genus Name: Helianthus hee-lee-A-thus
Family Name: Asteraceae
Place of Origin: North and South America
How long do they last? 6 - 10 days

Sun flowers are real sun lovers, and their head follows the sun during the day making sure they get every bit of sunshine they can.  At night the head turns to the east ready for the next morning’s sunrise.  This is known as ‘heliotropism’.

Did you know?

Sunflowers have been cultivated and harvested by many cultures for at least 4,500 years.  Which is a combination of the Greek words helios (sun) and anthos (flower). The sunflower often symbolises the sun and love.

Care tips

Cut the stems and remove all the leaves that will touch or go below the water level.  Change the water every few days.  Please be aware they are thirsty flowers and take up a lot of water, this is particularly the case once they first go into water.

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