Spotlight On: The Sunflower

With the arrival of summer, we thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about the sunflower. Not only are they fantastic summer flowers, they also hold a special meaning. According to Native American tradition, sunflowers symbolise happiness, adoration, loyalty, longevity, and good luck.

Origins and History

Sunflowers are an ancient crop originating from North America in 1,000 BC. These flowers are recognised for their delightful petals, also known as ‘rays’, portraying the image of the sun itself.

Sunflower seeds were an important food crop to Native Americans, as they would grind the seeds into meals – for making bread or eaten as porridge. They would squeeze the seeds for the oil, which they would then use on their hair and skin, or use the hulls of the seed to create dye for clothing and war paint. (more…)

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