Celebrating the Flower – Sunflower

Now is the time of year in areas where spring has sprung and the weather is getting hotter, that you will be spotting sunflowers.  I recently purchased 2 plants of mini ones and am enjoying their cheeriness.  We are featuring a beautiful design by Leslie R. Holm and you will find the pattern on the bottom of this post.  But first, let’s learn about the Sunflower, which symbolizes adoration, loyalty and longevity.

The scientific name for the sunflower is Hellanthus annuus.  Have you ever noticed that sunflowers have their faces turned toward the sun?  This is called heliotropism, or solar tracking.  They have special motor cells at the bases of the flower buds, which will shrink or enlarge as they absorb water.  This causes them to move their faces toward the sun.

Like their name implies, sunflowers need lots of sunshine, but when they have that, they are fairly easy to grow.  There are many varieties of sunflowers, and some can grow as tall as 16 feet!  Each head is made of smaller flowers, and they can self-pollinate or take pollen that may transported to them through wind or insects. The seeds are quite tasty to humans and even birds.  You can get healthy oil from them, too.

Since sunflowers are considered “happy” flowers, make a few and give someone something to smile about! You can vary their size by using different sizes of thread and hooks.

SUNFLOWER- Leslie R. Holm

Head on over to our events page and see what other flowers we have already gotten.  Start your garden now, or just keep adding to it.


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