Hey all! How’s October treating you? We’ve been busy with some of our favorites…birthday and anniversary delivery, and lots of wedding flowers lately. Our designers are always busy working on something around the shop! Today we thought we’d have a little fun talking about one of our favorite flowers to work with lately–the sunflower. Sunflowers are such a beautiful symbol of Fall–with their bright, yet warm, golden tones and their rustic feel–they’re perfect for any Autumn-inspired look. Whether simply for around the house, or for something much more elegant, like a wedding–Sunflowers get the job done beautifully. Here are a few things that you probably didn’t know about this gorgeous flower…
-SO many of our favorite flowers originate in Europe; this one though? The Sunflower is native to North America. To this day, they are the state flower of Kansas.
-Sunflowers, or parts of it, have been used for medicine, food, bio-diesel, dye, animal feed, leather softener and even hair conditioner. The oils are rich in calcium and iron, as well as vitamins A and D.
-Sunflower oil is used all over the world to cook with.
-Sunflowers display something called heliotropism. You remember what that means from middle school science class, right? Well, in case you don’t remember–it means they follow the sun. So, throughout the course of the day the flower will move, facing from east, to west.
-They symbolize faith, adoration, and loyalty.
-They are one of the fastest growing plants out there. The record holder stand at over 30 feet.
-The spiral formation of seeds in a sunflower almost always follows the Fibonacci sequence. (Trust us. If you don’t know what that is–we didn’t–Google it. You’ll learn something, mathematically, new today, too. 🙂 )
-Each sunflower may contain as many as 1,000-2,000 seeds. That’s a lot of food… (Plus, their seeds provide enough protein to make them a meat replacement.)
-They’re good at absorbing toxins and were planted, in mass, after the tsunami wiped out the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.
-Sunflowers are wonderful at attracting bees; Honeybees love them–which make them an easy, and perfect, plant to grow to help the bees. (Butterflies like ’em too!)
-They make great, cut, flowers and they also grow wonderfully in a pot.
What do you think? Did you know about any of these things? Let us know if you know more about these awesome flowers…we’d love to hear!